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What's for Dinner #263. "Can I hear him yet?" [through December 30, 2013]

Harters Dec 24, 2013 12:08 AM

Let the feasting commence.

  1. h
    Harters Dec 24, 2013 12:21 AM

    So, we kick off with a classic potted shrimps.

    Followed by a gammon joint (that will also keep us in cold cuts for days). It'll be boiled, smothered with mustard, drizzled with something sweet (sugar, honey or maple syrup) and then finished in the oven

    Alongside, braised red cabbage - cooked in the usual north European style but I've used cranberries instead of the traditional apple. Mrs H will be doing her "cheats fondant potato", which is an oven braise in stock and some butter.

    Then some local cheese - we have Blackstick's Blue, Bourne's Cheshire and Leagram's organic tasty Lancashire. Traditional accompaniments - there's apple, celery and fruitcake. The cake, which is the first one I've ever made, is lovely - pretty much this recipe - http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/ty...

    And then on to dessert - prosecco & pomegranate jelly. Pom seeds fill about two thirds of a martini glass and it's topped up with a prosecco & gelatine leaf mix. It'll take a few hours to set in the fridge.

    Have a great Xmas, folks.

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    1. re: Harters
      roxlet Dec 24, 2013 04:52 AM

      A very merry Christmas, Harters! Looks like you've got the feasting down pat!

      1. re: Harters
        gini Dec 24, 2013 06:09 AM

        Let us know how the fruitcake turns out. I'm a very big fruitcake fan.

        1. re: gini
          Harters Dec 24, 2013 06:11 AM

          Oh, the fruitcake is lovely (although it sank a bit in the middle). I made it a couple of days back and keep nibbling at it.

        2. re: Harters
          Harters Dec 24, 2013 02:27 PM

          Dinner was nice. Although the dessert just didnt work. As regular readers will know I don't drink alcohol but am fine with booze in things, so I thought I'd be OK with this. But there was a very pronounced alcohol flavour that I only took a couple of mouthfuls of. Mrs H also left hers saying she found it bitter, as well as strong. She was more disappointed than me as she likes prosecco as an aperitif. Waste of good wine and lovely ripe poms. You can't win 'em all.

          1. re: Harters
            linguafood Dec 24, 2013 02:30 PM

            Bummer, man. Glad the rest was pleasing to the good ol' tasty-buds, tho.

        3. f
          foodieX2 Dec 24, 2013 04:52 AM

          Up early to get the dough started for the christmas day cinnamon rolls and to get the goose (geese?) breasts out of the freezer.

          Breakfast will be pretty light today as the serious eating begins mid afternoon with heavy apps and cocktails. So excited to have the time to send with friends and family today.

          I am also looking forward to reading about (and seeing pics of) all the great eating you guys will be doing too.

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          1. re: foodieX2
            fldhkybnva Dec 24, 2013 06:48 PM

            do you have a cinnamon roll recipe to share? I like them on occasion if not too overwhelmingly sweet, and am looking for a good recipe. Enjoy your family.

            1. re: fldhkybnva
              foodieX2 Dec 24, 2013 08:25 PM

              I use the one from my bread machine book, I use a lot less sugar but more butter and cinnamon. They are wonderful!

          2. Njchicaa Dec 24, 2013 04:57 AM

            It's just my husband and I at home tonight. I wanted to do a riff on the old Italian 7 Fishes dinner... so it will be homemade New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Cocktail, and Linguine with White Clam Sauce. The first two recipes come from the Grand Central Oyster Bar cookbook and the 3rd comes from my brain. If he wants dessert, my husband can have some of the carrot cake left over from his birthday yesterday.

            1. Berheenia Dec 24, 2013 05:32 AM

              Bacon bacon bacon. Needed some bacon fat for the beef tonight so had to fry some up for breakfast. Off to a good start. Merry Christmas!

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              1. re: Berheenia
                foodieX2 Dec 24, 2013 05:38 AM

                Oh, poor you *having* to fry up some bacon! LOL

              2. gini Dec 24, 2013 06:11 AM

                Being a Jew on Christmas is a great treat for me. We have a mandatory day off and I have no commitments! Today I shall spend 4 hours at the spa getting various treatments and being pampered. Then tonight we'll go to a small plates Italian restaurant for their version of Festa dei Sette Pesche. I can't wait!

                Last night I had a classic blue cheese wedge with crispy bacon, red onion, and cherry tomatoes.

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                  acssss Dec 24, 2013 06:56 AM

                  lol gini. That reminds me of Jerry Seinfeld saying that Christmas for him is a great day full of Chinese food and a movie.

                  Chinese food/movie.... Italian food/spa - same thing!

                  Have a great time.

                  1. re: gini
                    foodieX2 Dec 24, 2013 07:46 AM

                    Gini- have you seen this? My cousin's on my dads side are all jewish and this makes the rounds on their FB pages every year.

                    (and can I tell you the girls all do the spa thing together every year too?? Love it!)


                    1. re: foodieX2
                      gini Dec 24, 2013 01:31 PM

                      How have I never seen that? Thank you for sharing!

                  2. rmarisco Dec 24, 2013 06:47 AM

                    tonight is easy dinner: i'm working at the mall until after 6, so the DH and the kids are on their own. my sweetheart is taking care of SO MUCH to get the house ready for this christmas I could care less about tonight's menu: i just want a stress-free house! We decided he's just going to make enhanced mac & cheese: TJ's diner style mac & cheese, browned ground chicken, and salsa with some extra mexican seasoning. The kids all love it, and he can easily pull it off along with all his other jobs today.

                    we can all enjoy a cup of cocoa together tonight (and a chance to breathe!) after I finally get home from the craziness.

                    1. melpy Dec 24, 2013 07:13 AM

                      Last night we had Sicilian spaghetti and meatballs from the thread about finding a missing meatball recipe. Tonight is crown roast with roasted potatoes, carrots (please don't be "baby" carrots or al dente), salad, baked stuffed shrimp, and dinner rolls.

                      Apps include blue cheese and fig savory crackers, pigs in a blanket, veg tray with dill dip.

                      Christmas "lunch" will likely be turkey and all the Thanksgiving usuals.

                      Dinner tomorrow is one rib of standing rib roast, potatoes, some kind of broccoli side dish and Yorkshire pudding.

                      Thursday we are going out for Turkish food.

                      Friday will be a big Italian dinner at my uncles's house, chicken Marsala, spaghetti carbonara, maybe some pizzas from his authentic pizza oven he built in the backyard.

                      Saturday is at my Aunt's and we usually have pork.

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                      1. re: melpy
                        acssss Dec 24, 2013 09:40 AM

                        ...what I wouldn't do for a pizza oven in our backyard... (wishful thinking)

                      2. ChristinaMason Dec 24, 2013 07:46 AM

                        I'm jealous of all your decadent holiday meals, folks.

                        Tonight I'm repurposing the pork tenderloin leftovers. I'm thinking about shaving it thinly and folding into crusty rolls with the leftover broccolini and some provolone, running under the broiler til bubbly, and serving with broth for dunking. There's a little bit of asparagus left that may go into a salad with some clementines. Hope to leave the fridge as close to empty as possible before we jump on a plane tomorrow.

                        ETA: And to that end, we must eat the bag of kale in the fridge as well.

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                        1. re: ChristinaMason
                          ChristinaMason Dec 24, 2013 04:03 PM

                          Kale did not get et. Oh well.

                          Sandwich was a roaring success. Better than the one we had at DeNic's, if I say so myself. I made a jus with chicken broth, a smidge of beef BetterThanBullion, a drizzle of olive oil, whole garlic clove, and bay leaf. Pork was sliced very thin and hotted up with the chopped up broccolini and more red pepper flake, s&p. Piled everything into a good baguette with a little schmear of mayo, topped with provolone, and broiled until toasty and bubbly.

                          I foresee this making a repeat appearance.

                          1. re: ChristinaMason
                            suzigirl Dec 24, 2013 04:09 PM

                            I could inhale that sandwich. It looks soooo good.

                        2. weezieduzzit Dec 24, 2013 08:10 AM

                          Tonight will be green chili chicken tamales and red chile beef tamales with sauteed kale and chard on the side. Coctel de camarones to start if I can find good avocados today, just regular shrimp cocktail if not.

                          I still have a lot of projects. SIL didn't know until Sunday night if she was coming down and it turns out she is so the cookies that had been taken off the menu have been added back on.... the ones that take the most time and ingredients (but are so delicious.....) so the kitchen will be lively today. The man is home from work so I have both great company and help. :)

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                          1. re: weezieduzzit
                            acssss Dec 24, 2013 08:20 AM

                            Love how you eat chard and kale so much weezie!
                            Usually people look at me like I'm crazy because I love them so much.

                            1. re: acssss
                              weezieduzzit Dec 24, 2013 08:27 AM

                              We eat whatever there is an abundance of in the garden at the time. :) Plus, we love our greens.

                            2. re: weezieduzzit
                              suzigirl Dec 24, 2013 09:22 AM

                              Homemade tamales. I am super jealous right now.

                              1. re: suzigirl
                                weezieduzzit Dec 24, 2013 10:48 AM

                                Well, if Allie would get off her butt, stop that silly house building nonsense and get back on the Food Shooter I'd be able to send you some.

                                1. re: weezieduzzit
                                  suzigirl Dec 24, 2013 10:56 AM

                                  Lol. Damn her.

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                              acssss Dec 24, 2013 08:30 AM

                              Husband is home... boys are home... we all got out of bed late this morning... now husband is making his wonderful pastry cream filled croissants - love them - in addition to his various breads (the smell in our house is intoxicating).
                              I will start the grand meal a bit later: grilled flank steak with baby red potatoes, whole roasted garlic (some of which will be used later to smother over husband's homemade bread for garlic bread), whole roasted onions, whole roasted tomatoes and roasted carrots. Soup will be a minestrone. Four types of breads. And the grand finale: Husband's homemade croissants for dessert.
                              Sangria is already chillin'

                              ...and in the meantime I will read everyone's preparations, and watch the snow fall.

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                              1. re: acssss
                                Harters Dec 24, 2013 08:38 AM

                                In the unlikely event that there's leftover roast carrots, I have a suggestion. Mash, add a dollop of harissa, soem garlic and enough olive oil to slacken it to a sort of dipping consistency. It's a Moroccan dish. We eat it with flatbreads but it'll be great with the homemade bread of whatever sort.

                                1. re: Harters
                                  acssss Dec 24, 2013 09:36 AM

                                  Thanks - Sounds delicious

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                                Londonlinda Dec 24, 2013 10:44 AM

                                Worked on Christmas Eve for the first time in memory. Quiet day finalising budgets while listening to the whole of the Messiah. Got home for tea, and decided to cut the Christmas cake a day early; it's not a perfect one, the oven is too temperamental, but I just love even an imperfect Christmas cake. Tonight it will be hot smoked salmon with a lemon sauce, and clementines for pudding. We'll kick off with Nigella's Union square cafe nuts, with a sherry.

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                                1. re: Londonlinda
                                  helen_m Dec 24, 2013 06:01 PM

                                  We kicked off with a sherry too. We were in NY at the weekend and I thought of Nigella's nuts when we went past Union Square cafe. Must make them over the next few days.

                                2. loraxc Dec 24, 2013 10:45 AM

                                  Tonight will be fondue from Trader Joe's (hope it's good!) with apples, baguette, and steamed broccoli, and crackers with smoked wild salmon and dill cream cheese to start, then a kale, spinach, portabello, goat and blue cheese napoleon for the main. Maybe a salad with satsumas and pecans if I have time. Followed by maple cream tart. Champagne for us and sparkling grape juice for the kids. :)

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                                  1. re: loraxc
                                    weezieduzzit Dec 24, 2013 10:47 AM

                                    We like TJ fondue, I buy it a few times a year.

                                    1. re: weezieduzzit
                                      loraxc Dec 24, 2013 10:49 AM

                                      Oh, good! Never tried it, but the kids wanted fondue (it says "fancy" to them) and I didn't really want to fuss with making it.

                                      Was going to add that on Xmas day, I traditionally make pizza for dinner. :) This year it will be field roast sausage all over with artichoke hearts on one half (DD's preference) and red peppers on the other (DS's choice).

                                      1. re: weezieduzzit
                                        LaLa Dec 26, 2013 05:06 PM

                                        Oh..must try that...where is it located at TJs?

                                        1. re: LaLa
                                          fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 04:41 PM

                                          It's in the cheese section on the shelf in a tub I think with a black top.

                                      2. re: loraxc
                                        mariacarmen Dec 24, 2013 11:25 PM

                                        you just gave me an idea for NYE ... we're going away but a seaside town (Capitola, near Santa Cruz) that is not known for it's chow-ness, and our motel has a kitchen... and i have a fondue pot.... BOOM! fondue in the room before we hit the town!

                                      3. linguafood Dec 24, 2013 11:19 AM

                                        Let's see... we got two fat breakfast apple sausages from DiBruno's browning in the pan for a late breakfast, and we'll each have a fried egg to dip the snausages in the runny yolk.

                                        For tonight, we have a few "nibbles" -- Galatoire's Crabmeat Maison will be the main event (and I'm sure we'll have leftovers, I just don't see us eating a lb of crabmeat -- that stuff is rich!); we'll also have buffalo mozzarella drizzled with my *good* Sicilian olive oil & shprinkled with Maldon sea salt & fresh ground pepper and topped with basil chiffonnade. A salad of Belgian endive with tangerines in a peppery, lemony dressing will round things out.

                                        Totally blanked on a special dessert, so maybe we'll pick up some ice cream on our final run to the farmers market/grocery store.

                                        My keyboarder, with whom I've played xmas eve for the last two years, got hired for a solo gig at the same bar (guess they're being cheap this year around), and so my man and I will likely swing by to keep him some company & maybe I'll even do a few songs :-)

                                        The rest of the day will be spent trying to get some much needed work done and watching the cat play. He's been a crazy one these days.

                                        Happy eatings & merry merry, y'all!

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                                        1. re: linguafood
                                          linguafood Dec 24, 2013 05:53 PM

                                          Crabmeat "maison."

                                          Whoa. Positively stuffed. That crabmeat is filling!!!

                                          The bufflo mozza was ridiculously creamy and flavorful -- apparently, DiBruno's imports it twice a week from Italy. No wonder then, save for perhaps the budget-friendly price.

                                          Good thing the endive salad was light. Never eating again '-D

                                          1. re: linguafood
                                            prima Dec 24, 2013 06:30 PM

                                            Looks good. :)

                                            1. re: prima
                                              linguafood Dec 24, 2013 06:32 PM

                                              It was, but next time I might try to lighten it up a bit... perhaps sub some crème fraîche for some of the mayo.

                                              1. re: linguafood
                                                mariacarmen Dec 24, 2013 11:27 PM

                                                it all sounded wonderful.

                                          2. re: linguafood
                                            fldhkybnva Dec 24, 2013 06:51 PM

                                            I'm loving watching the cat play. Day by day, he seems to grow more and more hyperactive and insane. The sprinting back and forth is quite amusing. He really must have been bit by the holiday bug. The poor tree is putting up a good fight against the attacking paws.

                                          3. k
                                            kitchengardengal Dec 24, 2013 02:18 PM

                                            Hubby and I are hanging out in our lovely hotel room at The Inn at Saratoga, in Saratoga Springs NY. We're waiting for our sailor son at the Navy Nuclear school up here to get off work so we can meet at his apartment and set up his (surprise) Christmas tree. We brought Mac and cheese from home, a slab of ham, and Italian cookies from Schenectady.

                                            Sailor son gets Christmas day off, so I made beef stroganoff and brought that from Georgia, too. I brought him homemade fruitcake and banana bread and cookies. It's not fancy, but a home cooked meal is what he wanted.

                                            Merry Christmas to all, and Thank you to Ben in the US Navy, and to our son Adam in the National Guard for your service. You make Christmas peaceful and happy for the rest of us.

                                            1. prima Dec 24, 2013 02:20 PM

                                              Making a coulibiac tonight, something I've been wanting to make for years.

                                              Merry Xmas, everybody!

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                                              1. re: prima
                                                linguafood Dec 24, 2013 02:27 PM

                                                Wow-zah, prima! I had to look that one up, as I'd never heard of it. With salmon, I presume?

                                                1. re: linguafood
                                                  prima Dec 24, 2013 05:07 PM


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                                                  rjbh20 Dec 24, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                  Very ambitious. Pictures please.

                                                  1. re: rjbh20
                                                    prima Dec 24, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                    Not the prettiest coulibiac, and a shortcut version to use my purchased puff pastry that had thawed.

                                                    This one had a leek risotto layer, rather than plain rice.

                                                    1. re: prima
                                                      suzigirl Dec 24, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                      It looks and sounds fantastic. Just wow.

                                                      1. re: suzigirl
                                                        ChristinaMason Dec 24, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                        Seriously. Yum.

                                                        1. re: suzigirl
                                                          prima Dec 24, 2013 05:31 PM

                                                          Thanks :)

                                                          1. re: prima
                                                            linguafood Dec 24, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                            Polí orea!

                                                            1. re: linguafood
                                                              prima Dec 24, 2013 06:29 PM

                                                              Thanks, linguafood :) Hope you're having a nice Xmas Eve. :)

                                                        2. re: prima
                                                          helen_m Dec 24, 2013 06:03 PM

                                                          It looks great! Is there a photo of the layers?

                                                          1. re: helen_m
                                                            prima Dec 24, 2013 06:28 PM

                                                            Here's a photo of the leftovers. I used several pieces of salmon instead of a long fillet, it would be more photogenic with a long fillet. I served it with a dill and sour cream sauce.

                                                            1. re: prima
                                                              roxlet Dec 24, 2013 06:38 PM

                                                              Wow, that looks great!

                                                              1. re: prima
                                                                weezieduzzit Dec 24, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                                That looks delicious!

                                                                1. re: prima
                                                                  mariacarmen Dec 24, 2013 11:29 PM

                                                                  whoa... seriously amazing.

                                                              2. re: prima
                                                                MamasCooking Dec 24, 2013 08:27 PM


                                                            2. re: prima
                                                              MamasCooking Dec 24, 2013 06:59 PM

                                                              I Googled that. It looks so delicious and luxurious.

                                                            3. r
                                                              rjbh20 Dec 24, 2013 04:13 PM

                                                              Holy Trinity

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                                                                ChristinaMason Dec 24, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                Martini, Manhattan...and....whiskey sour?

                                                                1. re: ChristinaMason
                                                                  rjbh20 Dec 24, 2013 04:28 PM

                                                                  Ding ding ding! We have a winner!

                                                                  1. re: ChristinaMason
                                                                    suzigirl Dec 24, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                    Nicely done. Sober much? I am totally kidding.

                                                                    1. re: suzigirl
                                                                      ChristinaMason Dec 24, 2013 04:42 PM


                                                                      I am having a cocktail for dessert:

                                                                      2 oz. gin (Smooth Ambler, in this case)
                                                                      .75 oz. fresh-squeezed Meyer lemon juice (leftover from my cran-limoncello making)
                                                                      .75 simple syrup
                                                                      2 dashes lavender bitters

                                                                      Shake and strain.

                                                                      1. re: ChristinaMason
                                                                        suzigirl Dec 24, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                        Oh my. That sounds really refreshing. Enjoy.

                                                                        1. re: suzigirl
                                                                          ChristinaMason Dec 24, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                          Couldn't resist throwing in a couple boozy spiced cherries. Merry Christmas, suze. Have a drink w/ me? :-D

                                                                          1. re: ChristinaMason
                                                                            suzigirl Dec 24, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                            Absolutely. I am actually having a vodka with Simply Lime limeade. Cheers and Merry Christmas Christina

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                                                                              ChristinaMason Dec 24, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                                              That sounds good. Prost!

                                                                              Cheers to my WFD pals.

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                                                                                ChristinaMason Dec 24, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                                I decided one more was in order (before our 7am flight...makes perfect sense, eh?):


                                                                                But w/ only 2 oz. rye and 3/4 ea. of the other two.

                                                                                1. re: ChristinaMason
                                                                                  suzigirl Dec 24, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                                                  That one also sounds delicious. I like the less sweet twist on the Manhattan. Saude!

                                                                          2. re: ChristinaMason
                                                                            linguafood Dec 24, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                            Inspired by the Aviation?

                                                                            1. re: linguafood
                                                                              ChristinaMason Dec 24, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                                              Sorta, but it has its own name---The Fitzgerald (but typically with Angostura rather than lavender). I love the Aviation, too. I thought the floral and lemon would pair nicely together.

                                                                            2. re: ChristinaMason
                                                                              helen_m Dec 24, 2013 06:03 PM

                                                                              That sounds like my kind of drink. Lemon and lavender are a marriage made in heaven.

                                                                              1. re: ChristinaMason
                                                                                gini Dec 25, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                You are very talented - I have to order my cocktails down after the first one - I end up gesturing wildly with all subsequent martini glasses and spilling liquor everywhere. Well done.

                                                                                1. re: gini
                                                                                  ChristinaMason Dec 28, 2013 10:38 AM


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                                                                                  Firenzilla Dec 27, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                  Cran-limoncello you say? Please, tell me more. =P

                                                                                  I've been making limoncello for a couple years now, and was thinking about experimenting with different fruits.

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                                                                                    ChristinaMason Dec 28, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                                    I haven't tried it yet (it's infusing in fridge while we are out of town), but here's what I did:

                                                                                    I still need to strain and add simple syrup and lemon juice.

                                                                            3. re: rjbh20
                                                                              linguafood Dec 24, 2013 06:02 PM

                                                                              Food, shmood.

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                                                                                steve h. Dec 25, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                                Ah, the Holy Spirit!

                                                                              2. fldhkybnva Dec 24, 2013 04:15 PM

                                                                                Merry Christmas Eve! I missed you all very much! Hopefully, I'll be back for a while. I got back from my parents' house Sunday and have been in a daze since the funeral mostly trying to get through the work day and actually get something done so I just realized it's Christmas Eve. Months ago I had big plans for the holiday but didn't leave myself much time to follow through since I completely forgot about it. I woke up surprisingly in the spirit and decided that while the holidays are not what I expected this year, Mom Mom would definitely not want me to sit home and pout. I'm on call tomorrow so will be home alone with Take so no big plans but wanted to make it special for both of us. My mother kicked off the holiday fun by surprising me today with a visit. She insisted that I have presents to open on Christmas and drove 2 hours just to bring them to me even though I had to go right back to work after her visit. At first, I was frustrated that she went to such lengths, but soon realized how great she is to try to make my holiday special at these very emotional times. And, she was right, it really feels like Christmas now.

                                                                                I ran to the store with the last few hours of shopping time left and grabbed a few things for the next few days. Nothing special but all comfort food that will certain make for a fabulous holiday. The kitten has been running amok all day so I think he knows something is up :)

                                                                                Christmas Eve dinner tonight will be roasted duck breast with sauteed spinach.

                                                                                I originally planned a turkey for Christmas, but without time to plan I decided a roast chicken would be suitable. Zuni bird is currently "brining" in the fridge and will be served with a mushroom herb sherry pan gravy, roasted potatoes red potatoes lathered with the duck fat from tonight's dinner and green beans sauteed in olive oil and garlic. Day of appetizers will include scallops wrapped in bacon, deviled eggs and a salami, cheese, fruit platter.

                                                                                Fingers crossed for some genuine enjoyment of my favorite time of year. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday as well.

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                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                                  weezieduzzit Dec 24, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                  Moms know just what to do, don't they? Merry Christmas fldhkybnva and little 'take.

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                                                                                    Njchicaa Dec 24, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                                                    I'll take roasted chicken over roasted turkey any day. Enjoy it!

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                                                                                      suzigirl Dec 24, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                                                      So glad that you are here and have the holiday spirit. Both the duck and the Zuni chicken sound great. And duck fat roasted potatoes, oh my! What a treat to get a visit from your mom. Have a great holiday.

                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                                        LindaWhit Dec 24, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                        {{{hugs to you, fieldhawk}}} And Moms are extra-special like that. After the last few days spent shuttling my Mom around, I'm fully aware of that. Treasure that she did that for you.

                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 24, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                                                          Thanks. While she has her own way which I don't always immediately agree with and naturally sometimes challenge, she only means the best. Bless your heart for shuttling Mom around. My mom is severely physically disabled and she depends on my very small family for nearly everything. My grandmother literally checked on her three times a day and now that's she's gone I think my mom has a real fear that she will not be looked after. I'm not sure I can fulfill the role of Mom Mom but I'm doing my best to keep track of all of her care and make sure that things are being done appropriately for her. You're a great role model of a devoted daughter.

                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                                            LindaWhit Dec 24, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                                                            Sweetie, you don't have to fulfill Mom Mom's role. You just have to be you. Your mother will appreciate anything and everything you can do for her.

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                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 24, 2013 08:11 PM

                                                                                              Thanks, most mothers are like that, thankfully :)

                                                                                        2. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 24, 2013 06:55 PM

                                                                                          Oh my, the duck has set the mood! I've ordered duck occasionally in restaurants but never made it at home. Wow, it was super simple and so delicious. I couldn't resist the duck fat so decided to serve it with mushrooms sauteed in duck fat with thyme and sherry. I found a new meat to love...yay!

                                                                                          I now will watch the cat continue to attempt to find a spot where he can attack the tree without me noticing :)

                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                                            linguafood Dec 25, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                                            That looks fab! I hope my (whole) duck comes out just as lovely today.

                                                                                            1. re: linguafood
                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 25, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                              Thanks, I think whole duck is on the list to try out next.

                                                                                          2. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                                            MamasCooking Dec 24, 2013 06:56 PM

                                                                                            Glad you are back:) Missed your Woody Allen style witty personality:)! I hope the great food you are dining on tonight and tomorrow with your handsome little guy Take will satisfy your soul just a bit:)

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                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 24, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                                                              Thanks! It's still pretty rough for me to pull it together but I'm trying my best to force myself off the couch and get back into my usual routine. Take is currently bunny kicking his favorite catnip-stuffed mouse and I think he's secretly wishing Santa brings him a real mouse :)

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                                                                                                MamasCooking Dec 24, 2013 08:26 PM

                                                                                                Enjoy that kitten:) He will help you feel better and get through this. They are all about love and hilarious behaviors.

                                                                                            2. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                                              gini Dec 25, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                                                              Duck sounds delish!

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                                                                                                steve h. Dec 25, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                                                Zuni - the last word on chicken.

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                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Dec 25, 2013 11:58 AM

                                                                                                  I agree. Last week, I tried the Keller method and it gave Zuni a run for her money but she still reigns supreme.

                                                                                              2. suzigirl Dec 24, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                I am keeping it simple tonight. I have loved reading all the wonderful eating (feasting) going on. As for me prepping for the holidays meant baking my britches off today. Window pane cookies, peanutbutter blossoms and butterscotch dipped pretzel rods drizzled with white chocolate. They will be boxed in the boxes I got for fifty cents on clearance last year. Dinner is going to be simple to prepare for tomorrows dinner. I can't feast like most people sadly. Tonight is a spinach, bacon , grape tomatoes and blue cheese salad with a plain baked potato with butter and ranch for me, butter, bacon, sour cream, cheddar and diced ham for the man. It has been alot of bad news here as of late on WFD. Here is to hoping all of those diners and the rest of us a very special christmas. Happy holidays everybody.

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                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Dec 24, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                  Wow, I just realized I haven't baked anything all year! I need to remedy this in the next few days. I am with you in hoping that perhaps the WFDers will find some peace this holiday. It's been a rough few weeks for many of us.

                                                                                                  I now know the feeling of not being able to feast like mot people. This afternoon at the store I had to restrain myself from juts loading up the cart with tons of food that in the pats I would have inhaled no problem...well a few belly rubs in between bites, but without much effort or discomfort. Now, I really have to focus on the foods I really like because I just can't push it anymore. It looks like I might have to deal with this for a while but I guess it's good to figure out what you like and go for it :) At the first sign of 3/4 full I just have to stop now to prevent an unfortunate few days of belly pain. I hope you are able to eat some of the yummy stuff that you enjoy this holiday. It seems like you're off to a good start with the loaded tater.

                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 26, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                                    I only bake at Christmas for my clients and my family. I also need to remedy that.
                                                                                                    It has been a tough time here at WFD but we are a hearty bunch and we will persevere.
                                                                                                    Take care of your tummy and if 3/4 full is all you can take, respect your tummy. It knows best. Our brains and past habits cannot dictate our eating anymore. Our tummy speaker volumes. I got lucky this Christmas. My stomach was on board all day. I haven't attacked since the Sunday after thanksgiving. Woo hooty hoot.. I hope you made it through unscathed also.

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                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                      Woot, I'm so glad to hear you that you were able to enjoy the holiday and it was such a great thing that you spent some time with your neighbor!! I made it through Christmas but I kept it super simple and focused on a few simple dishes, that's it. I actually preferred it that way to be honest and could then nibble on other things around the house. I'm thinking New Year's will be the same. Right now I just need a break but fortunately I have a vacation around the corner (Tuesday, hurry up!!) which usually equals a staycation lounging on the couch catching up much needed sleep and a full spread of carbalicious treats. I was also on vacation when I was sick around Thanksgiving so hopefully it'll be a little better this time and I'll be on the couch by choice and able to spend time cooking and relaxing as planned.

                                                                                                      The tummy sure does rule now and I'm going along with him (hmm, my tummy is a male apparently) and actually while it's frustrating at times I kind of like my new approach to meals. It's like the revelation about eggs without cheese, simple food sometimes is all you need, although the complex stuff is fun too of course. It's interesting how not only our bodies but our tastes change over time.

                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                                                        suzigirl Dec 27, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                                        I did have a nice time at my neighbors house. I only got teary when I first got there as he had several pics of Rose and Zeke on display. I pulled through and my ham salad and rolls went within an hour.
                                                                                                        Lucky girl to be on a staycation over new years. too bad you are wasting that night sober. I know you don't drink.;-) That's okay. here is to not repeating your last vacay suffering in bed my sweet. Sleep, eat carbs and enjoy.
                                                                                                        Yes, the tummy does rule. We have to listen to our grouchy bellies and give them the respect they command. We are no longer in charge. And if you don't listen it can bite you in the ass, as I am sure you know.
                                                                                                        Happy New Year early.

                                                                                                2. MidwesternerTT Dec 24, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                                                  Copying my sister who told me during a phone call that she was taking appetizers to a party tonight. We had an easy cream-cheese (8 oz) chili-bean (1 can) heated dip with tortilla chips before enjoying our simple chicken-salad in "dollar buns" sandwiches. A bit of leafy fresh spinach as a nod to the idea of a vegetable.

                                                                                                  And of course cookies for dessert. We'll leave a couple of those out for Santa later. There's NOTHING yet under the tree for me, so Santa's delivery-work will be crucial.

                                                                                                  1. LindaWhit Dec 24, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                    DIdn't realize we had moved on, as no one had noted "OLD" on the previous thread (at least, it wasn't showing for me). Already 63 comments here? Yikes. Reposting....

                                                                                                    Another day taking Mom to doctor's appts. Dinner tonight was relatively easy - a small shallot, minced with a couple of cremini mushrooms, finely chopped. Both sauteed in some butter, added about a half tsp. of minced fresh thyme, then I added a couple of chicken tenders, seasoned with salt and pepper to the pan. When I flipped the tenders and let them sauté about a minute, I then added 1/3 cup of white wine and let it all simmer for about 5 minutes.

                                                                                                    Served with steamed green beans and some leftover Armenian rice pilaf. With a glass of white wine on the side. :-)

                                                                                                    Prep for the beef tenderloin with cognac cream sauce will be tonight, and then I'll bring everything up to Mom's tomorrow to do the main cooking.

                                                                                                    Wishing all of the WFD Peeps a very merry, happy and safe Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Those of you spending time with family and friends, hug them tight and savor the love and friendship.

                                                                                                    1. helen_m Dec 24, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                      We had an old favourite, Moro fish stew with peppers, almonds and saffron. The fish was cod and clams and we ate roast potatoes with a dusting of smoked paprika and a fennel and arugula salad with it.

                                                                                                      I am planning on breaking out the Christmas pudding vodka I've made (to help the wrapping along) and I'm going to spoon the fruit that was flavouring the vodka over ginger ice cream. Happy holidays!

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                                                                                                        ChristinaMason Dec 24, 2013 06:21 PM

                                                                                                        Happy Christmas, Helen! (Loved the card, btw)

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                                                                                                          mariacarmen Dec 24, 2013 11:34 PM

                                                                                                          wow - that stew hits all the notes for me.

                                                                                                        2. j
                                                                                                          justg25 Dec 24, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                          At work tonight so the dinner will be tomorrow!
                                                                                                          Appetizer: Old fashioned asparagus rollups
                                                                                                          Main: Spicy mustard & apricot glazed ham
                                                                                                          Sides: Potato fennel gratin & arugula pomegranate salad
                                                                                                          Dessert: Eggnog panna cotta (using the silk soy nog & a little cream) with a little chocolate sauce.
                                                                                                          Happy Holidays and Happy Eating!

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                                                                                                            rjbh20 Dec 24, 2013 07:09 PM

                                                                                                            Lobster bisque followed by Belgian endives vinaigrette with Roquefort and toasted walnuts. And the widow made her customary appearance.

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                                                                                                              LindaWhit Dec 24, 2013 07:33 PM


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                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 24, 2013 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                Wonderful plating.

                                                                                                                I'm guessing the widow is Veuve Clicqout?

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                                                                                                                  rjbh20 Dec 24, 2013 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                  Correct. She shows up every year about now.

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                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Dec 24, 2013 11:34 PM

                                                                                                                    she's a classy, always welcome guest.

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                                                                                                                  gini Dec 25, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                  Bisque sounds amazing. It's 20 degrees here and just seems to keep getting colder.

                                                                                                                3. Cherylptw Dec 24, 2013 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                  Last night's dinner was chicken parmesan served with a veggie pasta salad. Pasta again tonight (DF does not like pasta with the exception of mac & cheese) just because I'm gonna load up while I can...this time, four cheese ravioli with beef and veggie sauce. Garlic bread and simple garden salad completed...

                                                                                                                  We're about to make pies and cookies.....

                                                                                                                  1. steve h. Dec 24, 2013 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                    Deb is snoozing, the dishwasher is humming, I'm kicking back with a vintage port watching car stuff on the plasma.

                                                                                                                    It's been a good day. The line to get into my fishmonger stretched outside the door and snaked up the driveway. The owners hired a seriously good sax player to keep the good folk entertained outside and provided huge amounts of boiled shrimp to put a smile on everyones' face. I pre-ordered and skipped all that line stuff. Order in hand, I made it home in record time.

                                                                                                                    Supper was simple. I shucked a bunch of clams and Deb baked them in the style of Fresco by Scotto. These were the stand-up nibbles. Supper proper began with thinly-sliced smoked salmon on top of greens that were kissed by lemon, oil, salt and capers. We washed the salad down with a quality Chardonnay.

                                                                                                                    Main course was lobster. I boiled the jumbos per Jasper White's timetable. I ripped tails, claws/knuckles from the carcasses and left it up to others to crack. Melted butter and lemon quarters were the only condiment. More Chardonnay.

                                                                                                                    Dessert was a beautiful apple tart from a favorite patisserie. A dollop of vanilla ice cream sealed the deal.

                                                                                                                    I spent a bunch of time field-stripping the remaining lobster pieces parts and reserving shells for bisque. I washed everything but the fancy china/crystal/silver. Deb will deal with that in the morning - she insists.

                                                                                                                    sipping the port...

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                                                                                                                      rjbh20 Dec 24, 2013 08:52 PM

                                                                                                                      Sounds like a lovely meal. Merry Christmas & enjoy the port.

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                                                                                                                        steve h. Dec 24, 2013 08:54 PM

                                                                                                                        Back at you, brother.

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                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Dec 24, 2013 11:36 PM


                                                                                                                      3. mariacarmen Dec 25, 2013 12:31 AM

                                                                                                                        oy VEY, what a day....just planned on some nice snacking. started out promising - my local very popular fishmonger, after the 40 minute-long-line, provided me with oysters - kumamotos, kushis and one other i can't remember - as well as uni, littleneck clams, and ahi tuna for sashimi. i'd already purchased some goat brie, more of my new fave Red Fox, Amish Blue, duck rillettes, crackers, smoked salmon... my sister had wasabi, salmon roe, dry seaweed sheets, a couple bottles of bubbly, and 20+ dogs she was boarding. i shucked the 24 oysters myself - very proud of that! we started munching on things, sans bubbly for the moment... oh, and my sister had a dry-brined pork shoulder on the spit roasting away. the Oldster wasn't hungry for lunch by 2:30 p.m., so he took his dog for a walk - one of my most fear-filled times of the day, but he insists on doing it alone - 45 minutes later he comes back and, worst fears realized, tells us he fell. some guy pulled over and helped him up, and he walked home (he was 1/2 a block away from home when he fell.) His legs had given out from under him and there was nothing to hold onto, and his cane didn't hold him up. Landed on his bum and then hit his head on the sidewalk. so we called the dr. - seeing as he's neutropenic right now, it was deemed urgent for him to get checked out STAT to rule out cranial bleeding or some other such horror..... 3 hours later... head is fine, but he has a fractured pelvis! not serious, it's weight-bearing, tho he's pretty sore. he also thinks he lost his glasses in the fall; will have to look for them in the daylight. it could have been much, much worse. i always have him take his cell, and he CALLED ME, but my phone was charging - my phone that perpetually lives IN MY BRA since my mom got sick and i needed to have it on me at all times - was not on me when he called. of course, by then he'd already fallen, but still.

                                                                                                                        in the meantime, while we were at the hospital, my sister says that SHE was at the veterinarian ER - one of her charges bit another dog - pretty badly. thank god we had a friend of hers helping out - she sat with all the other mongrels while we were occupied.

                                                                                                                        got the Oldster home, fed him leftover pasta, gave him a pain pill, and put him to bed.

                                                                                                                        Sister and i finally got to eat some of the lovely pork roast, a bit of bubbly, and a wonderfully delicious jar of mallosol caviar she bought me for xmas! we never get each other xmas gifts, but i shared this with her, so it was all good. very good. and the bubbly was much needed.

                                                                                                                        i need to spend the night here, tho, instead of going home to go out with the BF for a cocktail, as the Oldster needs to be watched, and i'm worried about him walking around in the night.

                                                                                                                        I am ready for 2014 to not be eventful at all.

                                                                                                                        tomorrow, should nothing else go terribly wrong, sichuan take-out. and now, bed time.

                                                                                                                        enjoy, all!

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                                                                                                                          rabaja Dec 25, 2013 04:42 AM

                                                                                                                          Oh, mc!
                                                                                                                          Great big hugs to you! What a scary day!
                                                                                                                          You and your sister, your whole family really, are such troopers!
                                                                                                                          Hope you enjoy a peaceful day off today, with more bubbly and good good.
                                                                                                                          And may your father heal quickly!

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                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Dec 25, 2013 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                            That is not a good way to enter the holidays, mc! Glad the Oldster is (mostly) OK. I hope the pain pills help with the pelvis pain. Ouch.

                                                                                                                            But your Christmas Eve Scooby Snacks look amazing (even though I probably wouldn't eat some of it). I hope it and the bubbly washed away the "Bleah!" part of your Christmas Eve Day, and today starts off much better! A very merry Christmas to you and yours!

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                                                                                                                              Berheenia Dec 25, 2013 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                              Oy vey indeed! A real dog day. Hope things get better today!

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                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Dec 25, 2013 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                thanks you guys - he is doing fine, didn't even want a pain pill this a.m., tho you can tell it hurts when he walks. AND, i found his glasses out on the sidewalk where he fell!

                                                                                                                                hope you all are having/will have a great day.

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                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 Dec 25, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                  Glad the morning brought better news and found glasses. Hugs to you! Merry Christmas.

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                                                                                                                                    MamasCooking Dec 25, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                    Merry Christmas MC. I hope the sun is out in my favorite city in the world (SF) and that you are feasting drinking and laughing. So glad that your Oldster is made of tough material!

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                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 25, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                      Wow oldster is a strong breed, pelvic fractures can be quite painful. I'm sorry to hear that hasn't been the best of holidays but it sounds like you're making the best of it. Best wishes to you and your family. So glad you found the glasses :)

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                                                                                                                                      linguafood Dec 25, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                      Jesus, what a day! Hope today brings less excitement, and more merriment.

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                                                                                                                                        steve h. Dec 25, 2013 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                        Oysters, champagne, caviar and DRAMA!

                                                                                                                                        Merry Christmas, mc.

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                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Dec 25, 2013 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                          back atcha steve. without a titch of drama, what sad little lives we'd lead, no?

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                                                                                                                                            steve h. Dec 25, 2013 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                            Indeed. Drama adds spice to our lives. Otherwise, they might as well immerse us in a pool of novocaine and be done with us.

                                                                                                                                      2. Paprikaboy Dec 25, 2013 04:55 AM

                                                                                                                                        Cooking Christmas Dinner for my mum today. Roast turkey, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, sprouts . roast parsnips. That's if I don't go mad before the day is out. She's already tried to provide advice on the turkey cos I'm not doing it correctly apparently.
                                                                                                                                        Still is the season of goodwill.

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                                                                                                                                          Harters Dec 25, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                          We went to the sister in law's for lunch and basically ate what you're having, Pb.

                                                                                                                                          Classic prawn cocktail to start. Turkey, tatties, sprouts, parsnips, carrots, bread sauce, stuffing, gravy.

                                                                                                                                          There was then a 90 minute to do presents, have smokes, etc before dessert was served. This was not a good idea as, by that time, several of us (me included) felt stuffed. Those who did eat more had either Xmas pudding or Mary Berry's chocolate torte.

                                                                                                                                          SiL did a great job. Even more remarkable as she'd been up most of the night with the shits and her husband decided not to help too much with the cooking, nor to go to bed (he'd worked overnight) - preferring to get pissed instead.

                                                                                                                                          Later this evening, I may fancy something to nibble on. There's ham, turkey, sausage rolls and cheese and enough salad stuff to open a shop. Alongside, there could be pickled walnuts and homemade "Branston Pickle" (internet recipes easily available - nice pickle but Branston it ain't). Oh, and a trifle for afters.

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                                                                                                                                            Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                            What is tatties, if I may ask Harters? Is it some type of potato dish? And, can you tell me about this bread sauce? I'm intrigued by the dishes you have...

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                                                                                                                                              rjbh20 Dec 26, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                              Traditional partner of neeps

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                                                                                                                                                Harters Dec 26, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                Tatties - simply Scottish slang for potatoes (not that I'm Scottish)

                                                                                                                                                Bread sauce is a classic - http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/ty...

                                                                                                                                          2. LindaWhit Dec 25, 2013 05:47 AM

                                                                                                                                            I'll be heading up to Mom's in a few hours to prepare dinner and open a few small gifties.

                                                                                                                                            Dinner will be relatively simple, since she doesn't have the oven room:

                                                                                                                                            Beef Tenderloin with Cognac Cream Sauce
                                                                                                                                            Roasted baby Yukon Gold potatoes
                                                                                                                                            Steamed and buttered green beans

                                                                                                                                            Dessert will be a small key lime pie I picked up at my local stupidmarket who, despite being a stupidmarket, has some pretty good desserts! Wine for me, a Vodka/tonic for Mom.

                                                                                                                                            Wishing everyone a happy and safe Christmas.

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                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 25, 2013 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                              I'd eat that "simple" dinner any damn day, Linda.

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                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 Dec 25, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                Exactly!!! Sounds great LW.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                                                                                gini Dec 25, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                The cognac cream sauce sounds divine!

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                                                                                                                                                  steve h. Dec 25, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Very classy.

                                                                                                                                                  Merry Christmas, LW.

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                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Dec 25, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                    enjoy yo mama, LW. i know she'lll enjoy you!

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                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Dec 25, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Stuffed after dinner. It was a perfectly done medium-rare beef tenderloin. (Note to anyone who has a Hannafords near them - their Angus beef tenderloin is *really* good!) The taters didn't come out as well as they should have - stuck to the pan. Could have been the pan; could have been too much oil in the pan. Dunno.

                                                                                                                                                      And as I expected, the key lime pie was pretty darn good (although both Mom and I thought it had too much whipped topping).

                                                                                                                                                      Back to work tomorrow, although I suspect the workload will be light. At least I hope so.

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                                                                                                                                                      Londonlinda Dec 25, 2013 06:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Today is working out just as I hoped. A cycle up to the allotment to make sure it is still there after the storm, harvest the last produce of the year, parsnips which we will have for lunch. The terrine of chicken, pheasant and stuffing which I make every Christmas is in the oven, Christmas pudding simmering, red wine open, veg done....
                                                                                                                                                      Happy Christmas, everyone.

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                                                                                                                                                        jammy Dec 25, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Christmas eve dinner saw the family making ricotta and spinach cappelletti to be served in broth, and dragon dumplings with dipping sauce. Eclectic? Yup. Traditional? Heck no, but it was a lot of fun and very tasty.

                                                                                                                                                        Christmas day is totally traditional. Roast goose, stuffing, gravy, ham and biscuits, sides galore, and a flaming Christmas pudding for dessert. Bubble and squeak for Boxing day is going to be absolute heaven.

                                                                                                                                                        Happy Christmas, everyone!

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                                                                                                                                                          gini Dec 25, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                          wait, what are dragon dumplings?

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                                                                                                                                                            jammy Dec 25, 2013 07:28 PM


                                                                                                                                                            My son is a dumpling fanatic. He found this on youtube and we now make them whenever he has a craving.

                                                                                                                                                            They're also good potstickers the next day, all fried up and crispy.

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                                                                                                                                                            steve h. Dec 25, 2013 11:38 AM


                                                                                                                                                            I need to roast a goose.

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                                                                                                                                                            rjbh20 Dec 25, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Southerners often refer to the midday meal as dinner so this should qualify.

                                                                                                                                                            Christmas morning "dinner" of smoked salmon Eggs Benedict with duck fat hash browns. And Champagne, of course.

                                                                                                                                                            Merry Christmas, y'all.

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                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 25, 2013 11:30 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 25, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Mighty fine.

                                                                                                                                                              2. gini Dec 25, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Feast of the Seven fishes report: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929056 - probably the best one we've had so far. We were so enamored with the fishiness, that we decided to have smoked salmon omelets for breakfast this morning. We'll probably continue the fish song this afternoon with some lobster pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                Hope everyone's celebrations are joyous.

                                                                                                                                                                1. linguafood Dec 25, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  The traditional German side of braised red cabbage has been braised and will be warmed up for dinner, b/c that's how we roll in the fatherland. A coupla slices of maple bacon were chopped up and rendered, an apple & onion were grated and added to the bacon fat. Then the cabbage went on top and everything got mixed up. I found ground cloves in the cabinet, which was quite a happy surprise, as nothing sucks more than biting into a clove. Blech.

                                                                                                                                                                  The ducky caused me a little sturm & drang, as I was torn between the Marcella and the 5-hour duck recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                  I ended up just blow-drying the already fairly dry duck (I'd unpacked it yesterday and let it dry on a rack over night), and could just barely stop my man from taking a picture of little ducky at the kitchen "salon" :-D

                                                                                                                                                                  The skin's been pricked all over, the cavity rubbed with sea salt, coarse ground pepper, crushed garlic and chopped sage, and a bunch of thyme sprigs were shoved in as well for good measure. It's now roasting at 300 for the next 3 hours, after which the temp goes up to 350 for the last hour.

                                                                                                                                                                  Ah, but this is only 4 hours, you say? Well, some trusted 'hounds have indicated that 4 hours is plenty. So there.

                                                                                                                                                                  The fennel salad with bleu cheese & pomegranate can be thrown together rather quickly, so I won't deal with that until later. Pilaf is up in the air, as it might just be enough food already.

                                                                                                                                                                  Had a lovely late xmas "breakfast" of seared salmon belly (which I had cut off of the salmon when I made the gravad lax for tomorrow), duck heart & duck liver. Faboski. Not sure yet what I'll do with the stomach and neck....

                                                                                                                                                                  And now... back to work. Blah.

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                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 Dec 25, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    I bookmarked that gravlax recipe yesterday, I am dying to try it!

                                                                                                                                                                    Enjoy your dinner, sounds wonderful!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Dec 25, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I can't wait for tomorrow, either!! It's probably ready to get et now, but I'll hold off another day. We got enough food as it is with the crabmeat leftover (like we *need* an appetizer).

                                                                                                                                                                      I will report on the salmon. Dolphinately!! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 25, 2013 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I can't wait to hear about the duck! Happy Hplidays! I spent my first few Christmases in Germany and from what my parents tell me, the Germans are serious about Christmas traditions :)

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                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Dec 25, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        There are a few traditional German xmas dishes: goose is popular, as is carp (!), although you don't see that too often anymore. But braised red cabbage is kinda the go-to veg to go with goose or duck.

                                                                                                                                                                        Another one is to go all cheapo and carefree, like my sis did this xmas: potato salad and wieners. Yep.

                                                                                                                                                                        My mom and I used to mix it up some -- get a variety of seafood salads, maybe some big-ass shrimp or chicken hearts & livers and throw 'em on the table grill. Nibbles all night, then cards till the wee hours of the morning.

                                                                                                                                                                        's all good :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 25, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Potato slad and wieners, I'm in! You remind me I have a bag of giblets and pondered trying them out for the first time. Usually the chickens I buy are sans giblets so I figured better now than later.

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                                                                                                                                                                            jammy Dec 25, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            +1 on braised red cabbage with goose. It's a good, zingy foil to all that richness.

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                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Dec 25, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          that ducky sounds divine.

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                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Dec 25, 2013 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            So far, so good. I remembered the piercing every hour, but forgot to turn it the first time i took it out. But it's looking & smelling pretty swell already :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 Dec 25, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I cooked my first goose today, well at least goose breasts! What a wonderful holiday meal.

                                                                                                                                                                          The breasts were marinated overnight in honey, mustard, lime and lemon juices along with fresh sage. I took them out an hour before cooking, dried them off and wrapped them in bacon. My husband grilled them, giving first a quick sear and then on indirect heat until they reached 130 degrees and the bacon was crisp. They were served with ginger glazed carrots, mixed grains and 2006 AO Cabernet.

                                                                                                                                                                          Merry Merry my friends!

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                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Dec 25, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            They look fab, foodie!!

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                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. Dec 25, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I need to roast a goose.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. helen_m Dec 25, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              It's our first christmas stateside and without family so we decided to do things exactly how we wanted. We just finished a very late lunch of porchetta with roasted potatoes, carrots, parsnip and parmesan crusted sprouts. I made cranberry sauce as a last minute addition and it really added a lovely sharp contrast and made it feel very christmassy. We opened a delicious bottle of barolo which we're still sipping.

                                                                                                                                                                              There's a mini Heston hidden clementine pudding to have later but I can't contemplate it yet!

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                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet Dec 25, 2013 09:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Welcome to Christmas American style!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Frizzle Dec 26, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds great Helen. I've got one of those Heston mini puddings too. Still haven't had the room to tackle it.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. linguafood Dec 25, 2013 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  El duckarino mucho crispo and the fennel/blue cheese/pomegranate salad. I didn't photograph the red cabbage -- that stuff needs photoshopping '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sadly, we couldn't eat a lot. I forgot how rich duck meat can be. Good thing we didn't make any pilaf!

                                                                                                                                                                                  Re-watching "The Hobbit" now to prepare for the sequel, which we'll likely go see in the near future....

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                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. Dec 25, 2013 07:24 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                    Duck hash is proof that God loves us.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Dec 25, 2013 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      That might well be on the agenda for brunch tomorrow :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. Dec 25, 2013 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Duck hash, farm-fresh eggs poached just so and a bottle of bubbly. Mercy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Dec 25, 2013 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I just remembered hash requires taters, which unfortunately aren't around. So perhaps I'll just crisp up the skin under the broiler and chop it up with some of the duck meat tomorrow. Fresh eggs are always around, thanks to a friend who has a few hens. And we have maple bacon....

                                                                                                                                                                                          But then there's also the leftover crabmeat..... I am starting to feel overwhelmed with food. Sometimes, I wish we people had 5 stomachs, like cows.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. Dec 26, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like a classy problem to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Crab cakes, crab bisque, Crab Louie salad...

                                                                                                                                                                                            Get some spuds.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 26, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, the crabmeat already *is* a salad -- Galatoire's crabmeat "Maison". But we're chipping away at it, lump by lump.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Not the worst problem to have in the world, for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Dec 26, 2013 12:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      oh faboo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        acssss Dec 26, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I love duck. I never make it (don't ask me why), but I love it! Fennel and pom salad, red cabbage, and duck - sounds like the perfect meal to me!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. steve h. Dec 25, 2013 07:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Dinner was lovely. First course was lobster bisque pulled from the freezer, warmed on the stovetop, resuscitated with cream and made healthy with large chunks of lobster from last night's meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Main course was a three-rib standing roast. The meat was USDA prime. Deb salted the seven-pound roast two days in advance before roasting it in a 325 oven. The result was superb. Potatoes au Gratin and chive carrots were the sides. Blue cheese popovers instead of Yorkshire pudding. We washed it all down with a California Cabernet Sauvignon. Dessert was the last of the apple tart from our favorite patisserie.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I've washed a bunch of dishes tonight and have a few yet to go. Deb will hit the fancy stuff tomorrow. I love Christmas but I'm really glad it only rolls by once a year.

                                                                                                                                                                                        still working on that port...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Dec 25, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds really delish. No pics, man?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. Dec 25, 2013 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Reluctantly, no. It would have been rude.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet Dec 25, 2013 09:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds lovely...and a lot like what we've been eating these last couple of days!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. Dec 26, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I noticed that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              helen_m Dec 26, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow! That sounds fabulous. I am planning a rib roast and dauphinoise for new year and the popovers instead of yorkshires are a genius idea which I might steal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 26, 2013 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                You might want to make a double batch of the popovers, they go fast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              rjbh20 Dec 25, 2013 09:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              A delightful dinner with wonderful company. We are indeed fortunate in all the important ways.

                                                                                                                                                                                              A particularly luxurious iteration of saucisson de fruits de mer followed by simple roast prime rib with pommes escalope & garlicky haricots verts. Manifold desserts not shown.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 26, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Excellent meal. Is that the new pup?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet Dec 26, 2013 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's Remy Martina, VSOP (very special outstanding puppy).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Dec 26, 2013 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Probably one of the *best* dog names ever. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. Dec 26, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      +1. Was the color of her coat inspiration for the name?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet Dec 26, 2013 11:01 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 Dec 26, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  What a face! So cute.

                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Cherylptw Dec 25, 2013 10:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Problems posting with my cell phone; will catch up tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    shaebones Dec 25, 2013 11:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    We had shrimp coctail, goat cheese and jam w crax, salad ala Jeruleslum cookbook, crown roast of pork (Melissa Clark), mashed potato, green beans almondine,sour dough rolls, apple sauce, mocha pie, cookies, truffles and coffee

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters Dec 26, 2013 03:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Good King Wenceslas looked out....on the feast of Stephen"

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now you're talking. A day that's recognised, even by Christians, as a feast. That's gotta give a big green light to we athiests, agnostics and those who are just plain greedy to give the day a good seeing to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's started with the fullish fry-up - sausages, eggs, potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      There's mince pies and fruit cake in case we get peckish before lunch. Lunch is planned as a turkey, stuffing and mango chutney sandwich. Then there's still the mince pies, etc, to see us through the afternoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      We havnt planned a starter for dinner - which means it'll probably be the smoked salmon that gets noshed - scattering of capers, grind of pepper, squeeze of lemon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'd normally describe the main course as a brown gloop meal from the freezer. But it's one specifically made for today. Beef casserole - shin beef, onions, chestnut mushrooms, cepes, red wine, chestnuts. Not so much a recipe as building it up as I cooked it. Roast potatoes. Steamed cavolo nero.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Then cheese - we have Bourne's Cheshire, Leagram's Lancashire and Blackstick's Blue. All local - made within a 45 minute drive of home. Celery and apple to accompany.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trifle for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Dec 26, 2013 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        That beef casserole is WAY more than "brown gloop!" Sounds wonderful -e njoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          helen_m Dec 26, 2013 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The casserole sounds like an old Josceline Dimbleby recipe my MIL typed up for me, it's actually called Boxing Day beef, so most apt Harters!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters Dec 26, 2013 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's actually a mix of the Dimbleby recipe and one I saw on the internet. Hers uses chestnut puree and black treacle, neither of which I fancied, and only fresh mushrooms.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's in her Christmas Book , which was published by Sainsbury in 1987. I always use her recipe for mince pie pastry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. Dec 26, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            What a feast!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Edited to add: Stephen approves.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters Dec 26, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It got better. I "discovered" a tiny Christmas pudding in the cupboard that I'd forgotten I'd bought for myself (Jan doesnt like Xmas pud), Had it with brandy sauce. Herself stuck with the trifle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 26, 2013 02:08 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                I like the cheeses, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. weezieduzzit Dec 26, 2013 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm pretty sure MIL has been convinced that Christmas dinner doesn't need to be such a formal stuffy event- this Christmas dinner was far more enjoyable than years past and I have no doubt that a big part of that was the lack of stress from not having to make a huge meal that people make because they think they're supposed to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            FIL barbequed ribs (it was a gorgeous blue skied 79 degrees,) I brought chipotle scalloped potatoes, MIL did green beans. Everyone enjoyed it and left the table full but not holiday-stuffed. We left them with a rum bundt cake that I made several days back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Total success. What a relief.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Dec 26, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Perfect, weezie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Dec 26, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree! I was sort of forced to keep it simple and it was great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. juliejulez Dec 26, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OMG I have eaten so much food. This is what happens when you have 2 families in the same town to visit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                On Christmas Eve, I helped SO's mom make Potica (sort of like a jelly roll, but with a nut filling? Never heard of it til last year) for the first time. She usually buys it. We didn't get the dough rolled out thin enough, so we'll try again next year. She also made a baked chicken dish, broccoli salad, and umm some other stuff I can't remember. I also made my bacon jalapeno cheese ball that people seem to go nuts for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Christmas Day, we ran back over to SO's moms at 7am to watch his nephews open presents. Winnie came with us, she liked playing in all the paper. Then back to his dad's (where we are staying with the pups) where his stepmom made fried scones (apparently it's a Utah thing, where she's from), that you top with either sweet stuff, like honey, or jam, or eat with cheese and bacon. Both ways were great and I just had some leftover scone bacon cheese sandwiches for breakfast. Then we napped and headed back over to mom's where she had made a cajun smoked turkey (actually I think she bought it), a ham, some other stuff, and SO's favorite, Watergate Salad (blech). Went and saw Anchorman 2, then came back to dad's and went to sleep! Long tiring day.... his folks live across town from each other, but the town is only 23,000 people so across town isn't very far :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Today is a day of relaxation. Might go up to dad's cabin, which is about an hour away from Jackson, but likely we will just veg out... well I have some work to do but it's not so much like work when you can do it in front of a 70" flat screen in the basement in your PJs. I think tonight if we don't go up to the cabin, we will be having a steak dinner at mom's house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Whew! Everyone else's holiday meals looked great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tcamp Dec 28, 2013 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nut roll? I have a friend from upstate NY who makes nut roll - his mom's recipe. Eastern European.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rabaja Dec 28, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We make that. A Hungarian version called a begli, with either a walnut or a poppyseed filling.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Growing up we just called it nut roll.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nikkihwood Dec 28, 2013 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      walnuts, and several good glugs of sherry here. I actually made them this year, and my mother cried when she saw them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez Dec 28, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yup, this one is made with pecans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. fldhkybnva Dec 26, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I managed to have a very peaceful and relaxing holiday. My simple yet classic meal was a true delight! Zuni roast chicken, super crispy rosemary potatoes roasted in duck fat, green beans sauteed in garlic and olive oil with a splash of balsamic vinegar and a lazy gravy from a local restaurant (forgot I didn't have any flour after the stores were closed). It looks like a frozen TV dinner but tasted infinitely better. A lesson in keep it simple, the classics rarely lead you astray. I might have a new approach to holiday meals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A Christmas Story played on repeat all day. My mom mentioned it was on, I'd never seen it but will be a new Christmas tradition.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. Dec 26, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Judy Rodgers would be proud.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Dec 26, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks. I wasn't in a skin mood, but next time I'll gobble that up too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MamasCooking Dec 26, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Local whole chickens are on sale here for 79 cents a pound at one of the little independent ethnic markets.Is it twisted that I am euphoric about that? I have to grab one for a Zuni chicken. BTW the chicken on your plate just looks so melt in your mouth tender. Cooking is good therapy. Eating it is even better yeah? :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 26, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Indeed it was nice to make a proper meal again. The chicken was indeed melt in your mouth tender, Zuni is amazing! I'd be euphoric too! Get thee a chicken, last Zuni of 2013.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            c oliver Dec 26, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We love them, don't we? :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We do, I still haven't tried the Marcella Hazan chicken with two lemons, I just can't part with Zuni

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            c oliver Dec 26, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            While one can use any chicken for the Zuni recipe, the small ones are hard to come by but are the best. I've been buying Mary's air dried ones at WF. Makes a world of difference. Here' the recipe in case you need it.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I only use small chickens for the Zuni recipe and also buy the air chilled at Whole Foods. It's the only place I can ever find chickens that are of the right size, I usually use 3.5 lb chickens. This time though I did use a chicken from TJs because it was Christmas Eve and I couldn't make it to Whole Foods before it closed but they also had a good supply of small chickens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              btw do the air chilled chickens you buy at Whole Foods have giblets? They're always missing and the butcher had no idea why.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          acssss Dec 26, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was gone only one day and so many posts! You've all been very busy (talk about being a true CH!) and everyone's holiday meals look/sound absolutely wonderful. Some serious cooking has been going on around the country!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am now drinking coffee (we had a very very very late night), eating a bagel spread with Harter's Moroccan mashed roasted carrot dip/ chutney/ sauce/ salad (I don't know what to call it). There were no leftover roasted carrots, but it sounded so interesting that I roasted some more just to make it. I didn't have any harissa, so I made my own. It is wonderful. I love carrots and have a ton in my fridge, so instead of just juicing them constantly or making simple roasted carrots - this is a welcoming change.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you Harters!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As for dinner tonight - I think leftovers will have to suffice. I am just too tired to cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Cherylptw Dec 26, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Christmas dinner started with a platter of cheese and beef sausages with assorted mustards followed by a salad of fresh spinach and red leaf lettuce with cherry tomatoes, cukes, thinly sliced yellow bell pepper, carrots, roasted red grapes and oven dried procuitto, served with balsamic vinaigrette.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For the meal, prime rib, grilled baby backs, green bean casserole, mac & cheese, scalloped potatoes and my dinner rolls were passed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Daughter's boyfriend made pecan pie cake and strawberry rhubarb pie; I made sweet potato pie and a sugar free orange walnut cake. Wine flowed and everyone had a good time (there were six of us).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Daughter is VERY lucky; boyfriend loves to cook and she doesn't (I'm not understanding....she's MY child, she's supposed to LIKE to cook just from having my genes but where oh where did I go wrong....lol...) He even bakes from scratch (he made my pie crust for me).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dinner tonight is leftovers...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm loving the selections of food and produce here, especially the prices. We loaded up at the farmer's market on Christmas eve for about $12.00. I SO am moving here...one day soon. I definately am packing my suitcase with extras when it's time for me to go home....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Njchicaa Dec 26, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dinner is fast and easy tonight: homemade meatballs and sauce pulled out of the freezer over cavatappi pasta and frozen garlic Texas Toast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              After the last 3 days of fancy stuff, Italian-American comfort food is what I am craving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 Dec 26, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Doing almost the same thing but alas I have no more sauce and meatballs in the freezer so I bit the bullet and am making a HUGE batch for dinner and to feed the freezer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We'll have it over some boxed ziti along with some homemade focaccia. Figured if I was tied to kitchen I might as well make bread too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It just started to snow here and one radio station is still playing christmas music so I am dragging the holiday out as long as I can.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 Dec 26, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The last tray is done! I think I made close to 100 meatballs today. They go fast as my son loves them as a quick breakfast or as a snack after school

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Dec 26, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That-a is-a spicy-a meat-a-ball-a.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry. Couldn't help myself '-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      acssss Dec 26, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You-a took-a the words-a right-a outta my mouth-a!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 Dec 26, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LOL to both of you!! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. linguafood Dec 26, 2013 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The gravlax I'm bringing over to the Boxing Day potluck came out faboski. I don't know that the diced lime slices added a lot to the flavor, so I might leave those out next time. I saved a small plate for us, as I am doubtful anything will be left....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My man's truffles are also, once again, incredible. They literally melt in your mouth. Pics later, when they're not sitting in a box for transport.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have you boxed anyone yet today? :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 Dec 26, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow. Just wow. Nicely done Lingua! I can not wait to try my hand at this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Dec 26, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's so damn easy, I don't know why I don't make it more often. Plus you don't have to make a whole side; an 8 oz. or 16 oz. filet would work just as well & would still make a nice app for the famblee :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know I'll make it more often from now on. Even my man, who's not too fond of salmon (shakes fist) likes it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Berheenia Dec 27, 2013 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I need to learn how to make this salmon. Our 8 oz package of 'lox' from Trader Joe's was inhaled Christmas at noon by the four of us..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Dec 27, 2013 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do it. I might make it again for our NYE gathering, too. So, so simple -- and as I predicted, it was all snarfed up within the first half hour or so: all 2.5 lbs. of it (so glad I made a little plate for us that we can have as an app tonight!).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Which did you buy?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rjbh20 Dec 26, 2013 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lovely. I may knock this off for New Years day

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Dec 27, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll probably make it again for NYE, but I'll pass on the limes. Just not sure they added much of anything to the flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rjbh20 Dec 27, 2013 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd think the acid in the limes would cook the fish & change the texture for the worse. I haven't made this in decades, but when i did I kept it ultra-simple -- great quality salmon, salt, sugar, black pepper & dill. Might have used some ground juniper once.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 27, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As long as the lime doesn't touch the salmon (which is tricky, even with a lot of dill on top), it's ok -- otherwise, you can get a mushy surface. Not good. But really, what's the point of the lime if they won't serve as a flavoring agent?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think my next gravlax will get a healthy splash of gin before I apply the salt & sugar mix. Salmon & gin are great buddies, especially in a mousse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This was farmed (!) Atlantic (gasp!) salmon. Worked like a charm. Sometimes, a good prep can elevate the lowliest of ingredients '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did you post a recipe above that I missed?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Dec 27, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think it's in the last thread. But you can also just google gravlax and it'll pop up. According to Mr. Humble, it is "the best gravlax recipe". I think the ratio of salt & sugar worked fine, but I'll leave the lime out next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. suzigirl Dec 26, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I got a new tablet. please forgive my posts while I adjust. thanks to james for the new toy. here is to having an updated tablet and here is to trying to post a pic. here are my peanutbutter blossoms. I made some with Hersheys kisses and some with Butterfinger bells. the bell is in the front.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tonight is old school tacos, rice and beans.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am very behind and am trying to catch up. Christmas went swimmingly.i haven't had a holiday go well since I have been sick. I always end up feeling unwell' this year went off without a hitch. yay me

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rjbh20 Dec 26, 2013 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A post-Christmas walk on the lighter side. Spicy ramen with leftover sliced BBQ pork cushion meat & hardboiled eggs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 27, 2013 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Glad to hear no sickness messed with your holiday cheer & eats!! My tummy was acting up a little on xmas eve, but I told it to Cut It Out! That and some beer made it shut up '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Dec 27, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I like how you got your tummy to cooperate. If only that worked for me. I would complain of stomach troubles a lot more. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. mariacarmen Dec 26, 2013 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fabulous sichuan food, leftover from last night's christmas take-out dinner - spicy ma la crab with tofu, spicy charred stir-fried cabbage, smoky shoe string potatoes, cold bacon with spicy garlic sauce, fish filet with roasted garlic, 1000 chili fish soup, pork fried rice, and pork chow fun. the restaurant where we ordered all this from was so busy that i had to go order it in person, go home, wait for an hour and a half, and then go back and pick it up! totally worth it. in the meantime, and the only cooking of the evening, i made a quick starter of the littleneck clams from xmas eve - shallots, garlic, fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice, sherry, thyme, and a little chicken stock. so sweet and delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Berheenia Dec 27, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yesterday for our farewell brunch I made Eggs Benedict using all Trader Joe's products (except the eggs were local). Thanks to a tip from our own SteveH I broke each egg into a small cup before dropping it into the boiling water. I cheated and used egg rings in a large skillet. The TJ's Canadian bacon, British Muffins and refrigerator hollandaise all made a nice classic dish.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Last night after dropping off the family at Amtrak in Albany, WFD was the Italian pie that never made it to the holiday table. It's a double crust pie of layered Italian meats, cheese and spinach that's sold by the slice locally. I like to heat it up and spoon on a little store bought marinara sauce. We had it with some Trader Joe's "chard of many colors", another almost ran that got edged out by a pound of fresh spinach for the Xmas day meal. There was red wine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 Dec 27, 2013 06:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That italian pie sounds delicious and my husband would love it. We have small italian speciality store near here but nothing like that there or at least I have never seen it. I am definitely going to ask next time I stop in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia Dec 27, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is available in a chain out here but not in all of their stores. We found it in the Pittsfield Big Y.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. helen_m Dec 27, 2013 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We used up the leftover porchetta last night and had it with braised green lentils and buttered cabbage. Very comforting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Veggie food tonight after all the pig. Black pepper tofu, charred broccoli and steamed rice. I'm looking forward to it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Londonlinda Dec 27, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We had our traditional Boxing Day dinner - cold meats, bubble and squeak (made with leftover veg from the day before), chutneys and pickles, followed by the remains of the Christmas pud. Himself said what we both thought "why do we only have bubble a squeak at Christmas - it's great!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 Dec 27, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dinner tonight is repeat of last nights spaghetti, meatballs and garlic bread. It was supposed to sautéed shrimp and broccoli rabe served over angel hair. My husband is taking our son and friend to see Anchorman 2 and then back here for dinner. Shrimp will not fly with the friend so keeping it simple. He also doesn’t get that many family meals so it will be nice to sit around the table and hear all the awful details about the movie, LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. linguafood Dec 27, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Uggghhh. Why oh why did I drink so much last night? And starting at 6 PM, you'd think I'd be done earlier than 2 AM? Gah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Today is/was a total waste. Huge surprise. Dinner will be the leftover duck meat and crisped up skin, leftover braised red cabbage and another rendition of the fennel slaw. There is also a teensy bit of the crabmeat maison left, which we'll share as an app along with the little portion of gravlax I saved for us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have a late night gig (another reason I shouldn't have been misbehavin' yesterday, dangit!), and my bandmates will likely expect me to sit in with their other band, which plays on the earlier side. Not sure I have that in me.... still in recovery mode.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tomorrow will hopefully be a helluvalot more productive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Dec 27, 2013 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cuz tis the season!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hope it was fun, and that you feel mo betta fast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Dec 27, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah. But at my advanced age, extreme party nights like this one need to be planned in advance, with keeping in mind the following day(s).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gettin' old sux.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Dec 27, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You said it. marathon partying is a young mans/gals game. I cannot hang with the big dogs like I used to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MamasCooking Dec 27, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And at my age I wake up feeling hung over like that without even touching a drop of the stuff:) So there is that to look forward to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Dec 27, 2013 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Can't. Hardly. Wait.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ugh. Still not particularly motivated to be spending the next three hours in a smoky bar entertaining folks. I never learn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. LindaWhit Dec 27, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Out. You know where.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mango martinis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A few tapas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A couple of good friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good way to end the year. Even though the year isn't over yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 27, 2013 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              All sounds great, save for the mango "martinis". Those two words should never ever appear in the same sentence :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 27, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah. I cringed at that one, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Still, 5 out of 6 ain't bad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rjbh20 Dec 27, 2013 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Roger that

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 27, 2013 08:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know. I don't drink martinis - vodka *or* gin. But that's what they're called, and that's what my friend likes, so that's what gets written. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. suzigirl Dec 27, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The last of the cookies went to the last client. She requested all peanut butter blossoms.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tonight I am craving breakfast. James is a tough sell on brekkie for dinner so it must include chicken fried steak to make it more dinner like. chicken fried steak, cream gravy, over medium eggs, cheddar grits and French toast that we will share. I usually like toast with fried eggs but if I have grits to eat with the runny yolks I will be happy. Plus, I get sweet and salty together. Winner

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. Dec 27, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You're hitting all the right notes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 27, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks. Lets hope so. The man isn't a big breakfast guy in general. Sometimes I just need an egg.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. weezieduzzit Dec 27, 2013 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Even though our food choices through the holiday were not particularly heavy I feel the need to lighten things up, must be the gorgeous warm weather. Dinner will be mahi mahi (simply pan fried with butter and lemon,) an absolute ton of greens (kale and chards,) that I just picked from the garden... got kind of carried away.... and some roasted baby beets (thank you for doing the messy part for me, Trader Joe's.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wine will be had after dinner while looking over business paperwork. I think I need to make some more business purchases over the next couple of days. Its looking like I need some more deductions... fast!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    weezieduzzit Dec 27, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The baby beets got turned into a beet, avocado, pink grapefruit, mandarin, mango, dill salsa/ salad. Bright, beautiful and delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. steve h. Dec 27, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lobster rolls are up tonight, maybe some chips on the side. Beer for me, wine for Deb. It's nice to throttle back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cheers, y'all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Dec 27, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MMM...lobster rolls. Nuff said.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rjbh20 Dec 27, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There was a remarkably generous amount of lobster left from the saucisson & bisque. Turned into lobster rolls & hoovered down by the young athlete while I was at the office...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Dec 27, 2013 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Why am I not surprised?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's been a rough week getting back into the world, but I'm kicking myself back into my usual habits so dinner tonight is steak and mushrooms. Hanger steak seasoned with Badia (suzigirl, it's almost empty!! I can't believe it, well really I can :) served with Marsala wine mushrooms sauteed in bacon fat. SO is home for the weekend and requested potatoes so he will also have duck fat roasted potatoes. I am hooked after my first foray into duck fat this week and couldn't resist the cheater tub of D'Aartagnan duck fat at Wegmans this afternoon. I have a few more duck breasts in the freezer to render more fat but this will come in handy and I'm sure I'll be pouring it on everything. I'm not the biggest fan of the taste of butter and I think this might be a good alternative for me for eggs in particular.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's an animal fat kind of night I guess. The bacon fat will be the real treat for me. I visited Mom Mom's apartment last week and after a quick walk through, the only thing I grabbed when I left was her jar of bacon grease on the counter. My family was thoroughly confused as to why in the world I wanted a jar of grease, but among the other things that Mom Mom and I shared was a true love of cooking and she would definitely not want it to go to waste so it will now join my bacon fat jar family.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Dec 27, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am sorry it has been so tough getting back in the world. I have missed you lately. Sorry that you are almost out of Badia. It can be a painful withdraw if you run out entirely. ;-)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It sounds like a perfect animal fat night. I couldn't agree with you more that the bacon fat needed to be saved. It needs to season something super special. Something Mom Mom would have made. Dollars for doughnuts it is the best pot of smothered green beans you ever make because it is bacon cooked how Mom Mom liked her bacon. Or something like that...greens, fried eggs, you name it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree, collards and black eyed peas are on the menu for Wednesday. I've never made them but everyone else in my family can't let a New Year's Day pass without either. Mom was actually upset that I wasn't also making cornbread, potato salad, etc. The bacon grease shall shine brightly to kick off 2014 with wishes for a great year!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I will be shuttling myself to H Mart for another bottle ASAP. It's the only place I can find it. I seem to remember that I spotted it at Wegmans but now I can't find it there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've missed you and everyone here too, my meals just aren't exciting most days to post :) Don't worry, I've been keeping tabs on all of the tasty treats around here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Dec 27, 2013 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Collards and black eyed peas. Holy yummers. pencil me in, please. May Mom Mom's love guide you. I bet it will.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Come on over. I imagine there will be leftover rib roast as well which will be begging for someone to save it from the fridge. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. MamasCooking Dec 27, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am in the midst of cooling off a loaf of bread I baked and boiling a dozen jumbo eggs to prepare deviled eggs for myself and a friend. Our dinner will be chicken breasts in marinara with parm....mashed potatoes.. steamed broccoli a wedge salad with creamy Italian dressing and the bread w/butter. The eggs will be consumed tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 07:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yum! I love love deviled eggs. I try to limit myself to only eating them when someone else makes them to avoid consuming a dozen eggs at a time which would happen if I made them at home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia Dec 28, 2013 06:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I find you can safely make and take them to a pot luck- you'll be lucky if you get one yourself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Dec 28, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I know! Those things get hoovered up in no time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sisterfunkhaus Dec 27, 2013 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm making veggie beef and barley soup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              janetofreno Dec 27, 2013 11:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I made a veggie soup tonight as well. I went to my dad's for Christmas for a couple of days....We collaborated on a great meal. Step mom made a rib roast and a veggie lasagna for mains...and some yams and then lemon bars for dessert, just in case there wasn't enough food:-) DH and I contributed munchies for the pre-dinner champagne (crudités, hummus, cheese, crackers, marinated asparagus, olives, etc), green beans, rolls, and a pumpkin cheesecake. Stepmom's cousins provided the wine, as usual, and as usual they did not disappoint. A lovely German Reisling, a Napa pinot, and a desert wine. But I honestly can't remember the wineries....I think I indulged too much in the champagne to start! :-) Anyway, there were enough leftovers for another meal, so I brought home lasagna for Thursdays dinner and a few slices of the beef for my lunch today (DH doesn't eat meat..). Tonight's soup incorporated various leftover veggies from my fridge as well as the rest of the green beans, and the half can of pumpkin leftover from the pie. Oh, and a bottle of porter. I made it into a sort of pasta fagoli. I wasn't sure about the pumpkin, but it worked! That and the last of the sourdough rolls and lemon bars made for a great meal!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters Dec 28, 2013 02:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, the last of the ham just got finished for breakfast, along with scrambled eggs and soda bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The last of the turkey will meet its fate at dinner. The classic (in this household) last dish - the bird, leftover stuffing, chips and peas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PS: That's Brit chips, not Yank chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PPS: Actually it isnt the last of the turkey. There's half a turkey Bristol in the freezer, that'll be turned into a pie at some much later date.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PPPS: "Bristol", I hear you think. Wassat - I hear you think. Well you have to understand the nuances of Cockney rhyming slang (often used through the UK). But what does "Bristol" rhyme with, I hear you think. Nuances, I remind you of. There's a second stage of the slang that doesnt use the full original wording. So, to use a foody one, someone might say they go up the "apples" to bed. The full expression would be "apples & pears" - slang for "stairs". So, "Bristol", is "Bristol City" to rhyme with titty, of course. And that's today's British culture lecture for y'all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PPPPS: I may know a bit about Cockney rhyming slang but, please, don't confuse me with being someone from London. Different country there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Dec 28, 2013 02:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                god i love having all youse Brits here on WFD.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet Dec 28, 2013 05:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I always love reading about Cockney rhyming slang!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia Dec 28, 2013 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love that phrase 'the last of the ham just got finished'.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm going to woman up to the beast tonight with Michael Symon's Ham and cauliflower Mac and Cheese and then we'll see. It was not a hugely successful ham- dry I thought but the peanut gallery said it was delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters Dec 28, 2013 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, I like the sound of the Mac & cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cauliflower cheese is a traditional British vegetarian dish - just cauli florets covered in the cheese sauce. The idea of combining that with the very American Mac & Cheese sounds great. And then you add ham! Very much Harters food - it'll be making an appearance in the not too distant future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think I've lost my mind :) I ran to the store for garlic and came home with a giant bag of beef marrow bones, oxtails, leg of lamb and mussels. I am planning prime rib next week and for some reason while at the store figured it'd be fun and a good idea to try my hand at homemade beef stock for the jus for the prime rib, and I probably should also have a go at french onion soup since I'll have the stock. I needed a meat for New Year's Day and the little lamb called my name. Due to my random splurge in the name of the holidays, the fridge is packed so dinner tonight will be a clean out - egg white frittata with mushrooms, turkey breast, onions and broccoli.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 Dec 28, 2013 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What a great post! I love random acts of food. Have a blast and please report back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rabaja Dec 28, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lost your mind in a good way! Oh, to have that energy again. Have fun!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Dec 28, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love the idea of lamb for New Year's Day. Might have to follow suit. (I don't do the black eyed peas and whatever else is supposed to be eaten on New Year's Day thing.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was going to be traditional and serve pork with black eyed peas and collard greens but I'm not the biggest pork roast fan and the root of the tradition in the fact that pigs are progressive since they root for food is somewhat disturbing. I decided to go with the Easter birth idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's great to have energy again and some excitement. So while I probably shouldn't have just let my credit card fly, it's all in the name of healing thy self.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rjbh20 Dec 28, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Roast them bones

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Indeed, they got a nice roast in the oven and a generous slather with tomato paste. I'm glad I did my research when I got home from the store, otherwise raw bones would have just been thrown in the pot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MamasCooking Dec 28, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Getting your *sea legs*back! What a blast though to just go and buy great foods impulsively:) Have fun cooking and eating.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, I'm a swimmin'. I woke up pretty distraught. It's the first weekend I'm back to my usual daily habits one of which always included a chat with Mom Mom while enjoying a coffee and grabbing the last of the groceries. I guess my mind took me a wandering down the aisles and I'm glad it did. I was able to turn the day around and make it a good one. The stock smells A-mazing and I have a proud 16 oz of pure fat drippings. I still have 2 lb of oxtails left which I bought in case I needed more drippings so I'll need to figure out what to do with them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cherylptw Dec 28, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I LOVE oxtails; my favorite way to make them is a simple braise..season and dredge them in flour, brown in a skillet then put into an oven safe dish topped with mirepoix and garlic. Cover with red wine and beef stock then into the oven until they're fork tender. You can eat as is or thicken the juices which are delicious served over rice, potatoes, polenta, etc....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I did a Google search and that seems like the tried and true favorite among most. Do you make the night before and then skim the fat or are they OK the day of? About how long? 4 hours?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Change of plans - SO vetoed the frittata and demanded mussels for dinner. I asked him this morning if he was interested in mussels and he responded with an unethusiasitic "meh" so I just bought a few for myself to snack on before dinner. Well, he stopped by Whole Foods on the way back from a basketball game with a truck load of mussels. I had to make do with what was in the house since he didn't bring anything else and whipped up a quick pot - sauteed shallots, garlic and lemon zest in olive oil and butter, dab of Dijon and heavy sprinkle of Aleppo pepper, glug of white wine finished with lemon juice and parsley. Good job, SO..great dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Dec 29, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Those mussels look fabo, fld!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 Dec 28, 2013 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonights dinner is at a friends house for a post xmas party. I am bringing shrimp cocktail. I was going to with Ina's roasted one but I am pretty sure I brought that last time we were invited over.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Instead I simmered about 8 smashed garlic cloves, 3-4 inch piece of fresh ginger cut into coins and then sliced into strips and a TBS or so of black peppercorns to make a very seasoned water. After it simmered and was very fragrant I brought it to a boil and added the shrimp. The shrimp are now chilling in the fridge. I made a Sriracha cocktail sauce to serve with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In the mean time I threw the leftover ham bone that still had a ton of ham on it in my crock pot with garlic, onions, peppercorns and bay leaves. My plan is to make pea soup later today and have that for dinner tomorrow night. I have never made pea soup before so am looking forward to it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason Dec 28, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like what you did with the shrimp boil there, foodiex2

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 Dec 28, 2013 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks! I just snuck one and you can really taste the ginger and garlic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Me too! I love Ina's recipe but your version sounds great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Njchicaa Dec 28, 2013 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight will be bacon-wrapped filet mignon on the grill, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and romaine salad with blue cheese crumbles. Pass the Lipitor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Seriously, the mashed potatoes and creamed spinach are leftover from my husband's birthday. The filet mignon came in a huge box of Omaha Steaks products from a friend.... so all I need to do is deal with the salad. Fast and easy dinner tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ChristinaMason Dec 28, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We're out in the Midwest for some intensive family time. My FIL proved last night he is the master of prime rib with the most perfectly cooked, fork-tender, medium-rare roast ever. He actually has a special machine just for low-and-slow prime rib cooking. Drool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DH and I haven't been cooking much, but we did make dinner the day after Christmas: chicken Caesar salad w/ homemade creamy dressing, avocado, tomatoes, and cukes, and an Italian sausage and kale soup with lots of veggies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We'll cook once more before we go: homemade (hopefully) fettuccine with a fennel, white wine, and sweet Italian sausage ragu, along with probably olives and salad and a green veg. of some sort.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Frizzle Dec 28, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Merry belated Christmas all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No ham tonight thank goodness! We're having grilled chicken with a fennel, pomelo and haloumi salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We might decide to have some garlic bread if we find some decent looking bread at the markets this morning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Dec 29, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i was wondering where you'd been! nice to hear from you again!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that salad sounds wonderful - never think to put haloumi in salads - do you grill it first?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frizzle Dec 30, 2013 01:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I like to fry it first and then let it drain on paper towels to crisp up. Grilling is a good idea, I should try it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've been lurking but not posting much!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. steve h. Dec 28, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brunch was Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs, a very good California sparkler. Later, we helped ourselves to lobster rolls. There's just enough lobster meat left for a Sunday bisque.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. juliejulez Dec 28, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Getting ready to celebrate Christmas #2 at SO's dad's house. Stepmom is making 14lbs of prime rib, shrimp, potatoes, salad, and I don't know what else. I keep offering to help but keep getting shooed away :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thursday night we had t-bones, and baked potatoes (with lots of cheese and bacon) at mom's house. Last night we went for chinese with dad. For being in the middle of nowhere Wyoming, it was pretty good chinese-american food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Heading home tomorrow. While it's been nice to hang out and relax, I'm ready to head home and get back in my own kitchen. I think my stomach and waistline are ready too :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. linguafood Dec 28, 2013 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd like to say that the kitchen @casa lingua stays cold today, as we are going out to the local hot pot place for dinner, but that would be a lie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Duck stock from the recovered carcass (my man tossed in the garbage!!! I almost filed for divorce, man!), neck & gizzard along with a carrot, onion & celery stalk is simmering away on the stove. I'll be straining it soon and maybe I'll be able to stop myself from eating the neck meat -- that would make a swell lunch tomorrow, chopped up with some bacon perhaps. I'll let it cool down for tonight in the fridge and boil it down some more to concentrate tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also made gravlax #2 today, as we spontaneously decided to host a NYE appetizer party with 30 of our closest friends, and given how successful and little work that last baby was, this was a no-brainer. This time, I left the lime off (tho one can use zest, but now it's too late) and brushed the sides with some Beefeater instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cut off the belly strip and fried it up for a very late breakfast for myself. Yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What...the carcass met his maker!!! Nice save, linguafood! SO is in town this weekend and he was appalled that my freezer hoarding habit has worsened. He nearly tossed 3 chicken carcasses I have been saving to join a 4th to make stock - "who the hell keeps bags of nasty bones and scraps?" Your repurposing of all the hearty, tasty innards sounds great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Impromptu party for 30...you're impressive!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Dec 28, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, it's a potluck. I mean, we'll have the gravlax, assorted cheeses and bread, and I'm debating making a big pot of stew or Texas-style chili, but whoever will show up will also contribute something.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                wineos Dec 28, 2013 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I made a pot of chili this afternoon. Serving with pepper jack, scallions, fritos and sour cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am hungry!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. gini Dec 28, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We've been up in Maine to do some great winter hiking, which means braises and stews have been on the stove. Lamb stew with string beans, brisket, curry chicken - all great stuff to thrown down your gullet when your face is partially frozen. I also whipped up a chocolate idiot cake so we can take slices at our leisure. The best thing though? How orange the yolks are in these local eggs! They make such gorgeous omelets.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rjbh20 Dec 28, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A turn toward the East this evening. Pork gyoza followed by seafood tempura. As requested by the young athlete.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Cherylptw Dec 28, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So, we have not really cooked since Christmas as we had a lot of leftovers...last night, we had Chinese...shrimp spring rolls, chicken egg rolls, fried rice, beef & dry sauted green beans. Tonight, soup and sandwiches....roasted tomato bisque; turkey and smoked gouda toasted sandwiches. Christmas tortilla chips (red & green) and roasted poblano salsa to accompany...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. suzigirl Dec 28, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight is Maseri green curry. I am adding chicken, zucchini, red peppers yellow squash, baby corn and peas. My stomach has been good lately so I may brave a baby corn or two. Jasmine rice and quartered kumatoes with a sesame ginger dressing to go with. I am sipping a vodka and oj now and while I prep my veggie. I am debating opening a can of pineapple to add to the curry and use the juice for a pearl harbor. We will see how the first drink goes down.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, thanks for the reminder...tub of Maseri red curry in the fridge I've used literally once. Good luck with the baby corn! I think it's a different species than adult corn and I want to love it, but just can't get into it. My dad would always swipe it from my plate. It's Saturday - break out the cocktails.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Dec 28, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That Maseri would have been good on your mussels but the way you made them sounds awesome. I love the earthiness of baby corn. And it is just so darn cute. Here is to my belly liking the corn. I can digest pepper skins but corn revolts. who knows?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No one knows, it's all in the cosmos :) Good luck. Great idea, I love mussels, they are so simple, delicious and inexpensive and always looking for new ideas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. tcamp Dec 28, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight, tacos made from leftover grilled veggies plus black beans and crema. Delish, plus we used up all of the 25th leftovers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. helen_m Dec 28, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We ventured to the market up by Capitol Hill today and bought some lamb shoulder which we've used to make shepherd's pie. I did think I'd grind it up but I was persuaded to just chop it up a bit and let it cook down. We've used veg box carrots, celery and herbs up in the lamb and celariac, parsnip and potatoes for the mash. It's in the oven now and smells pretty good. I did think about using up the extra net of sprouts I was persuaded to buy (2 bags for $5) but I decided we'd used up enough and we'll just have buttery peas with it. Unfortunately we needed to open a bottle of red to add a drop to the lamb, so I'm using it up ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. LindaWhit Dec 28, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Early dinner of burger and fries from one of the best places for burgers north of Boston - the Grog in Newburyport. Met back up at my mom's to celebrate Christmas with nephew, brother and SIL and then out for the early dinner. Can't go wrong with burger and fries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                givemecarbs Dec 29, 2013 12:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sounds awesome Linda! But now for the real questiion, was the ball on that tree glass or plastic? :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm battling what I call the achey teeth sinus infection here. My friend had it about a month ago. It starts with a toothache. I thought I would have to go to the dentist but then the pain jumped to a whole different part of my mouth. I felt relieved when the coughing and other symptoms appeared. Better tissues than a root canal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Take out hot and sour soup and spicy sesame chicken. I got some peppermint and chocolate stir sticks on sale and after I dip the stick in the hot tea or coffee I suck on the warm half melted peppermint and white chocolate. I'm glad I got a lot of them. When the cough gets really insistent I take a shot of rum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 29, 2013 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ahhh, I checked it on Friday when showing the receptionist how to "dismantle" the tree next week to get it back in the box - but I can't remember! And I just checked the Charlie Brown tree I bought for my house (but never took out) - the ornament is in styrofoam at the bottom of the box.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry about your sinus infection. I hope the hot and sour soup helped clear you out a little bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. weezieduzzit Dec 28, 2013 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was going to be taco night but I'm making a second round of tamales so I can send a couple dozen home with my parents when they visit tomorrow. So..... I'm hoping the man will forget he ever heard "taco" and I can just serve some of the tamales. The rest of the chipotle scalloped sweet potatoes for his side (I'm totally over heavy food,) steamed baby broccoli for mine. Probably a salad for both of us, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I made delicious broccoli cheddar soup this afternoon (sans cream, that can be added to each portion on reheating,) and immediately portioned and froze it for later/ lunches.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What's your recipe for the broccoli cheddar soup without cream? I'm also over the heavy food for a while, until New Year's that is. The mussels really hit the spot tonight and now nibbling on a salad with loads of vinegar for a refreshing finish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    weezieduzzit Dec 28, 2013 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your mussels looked wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I sauteed a medium onion, added diced carrot and celery and sauteed for a bit, seasoned, added 1 finely minced clove of garlic and cooked long enough to get rid of the rawness, added some really rich chicken stock, added blanched broccoli and cooked for a while. I took it off the heat and buzzed with the immersion blender, added lots of grated cheddar and whisked it thoroughly, buzzed with the immersion blender for good measure, added some reserved broccoli florets and heated again. I tasted at that point and decided it both didn't really need the cream and thought that it would freeze better without it anyhow. Its easy to stir some through when reheated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For New Years we always stay home with several pounds of King Crab legs and eat them until we feel like we're going to pop. I have a long history of bad things happening on holidays if I go out (starting with being hit by a drunk driver on my 21st birthday when I lived in San Francisco,) so we stay home and make it a food event instead. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow that sounds great. I love broccoli cheese soup but often for me the cream really overwhelms the broccoli. I think I read a similar recipe from CI. I'll definitely be trying this, broccoli is one of my favorites and I'm happy just eating it steamed but new uses are always nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New Year's is always a food event here too! We stopped going out years ago and much prefer it that way. Wow, that sounds like a horrible experience. I think I'd stay home after that too. I was so tempted to buy King Crab legs today but even though I was having somewhat of a buying fiesta, the $26/lb price but I decided the value I'd get from 2 crab legs definitely isn't worth that much. However, I love to plan to have a big feast of something special like that which we often do in the summer - SO and I will grab a bushel and go at them for hours...days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters Dec 29, 2013 02:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Upcoming........pork fillet medallions. They'll need very little time in a frying pan. There'll be a creme fraiche & mustard sauce made in the pan, maybe a splash of white wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spuds - as yet undetermined. Leeks - also undetermined, although I'm bidding for oven cooking where we split the leeks lengthways, putting them in a dish, drizzling with olive oil, sprinkling with Parmesan and baking for 20 minutes or so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cheese for afters. I'm convinced that it's either breeding or we've entered a parallel universe. We seem to have eaten loads of cheese but the fridge stock doesnt seem any smaller.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Dec 29, 2013 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I like the roasted leeks idea as well. Your entire dinner sounds great - enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Londonlinda Dec 29, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, we're having the breeding cheese issue too! We each got a little carried away especially blue cheese, we still have unpasteurised Stilton and Welsh blue. Still, it will make sandwiches when back at work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight is leftover chicken and pheasant in a lemon and almond sauce ( a recipe of my mother's) and then grilled bananas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harters Dec 29, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is the Welsh cheese "Perl Las", by any chance. Really good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Londonlinda Dec 30, 2013 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Indeed it is. We have a stall in the local market each week which sells mostly Welsh cheese, and Welsh cakes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MamasCooking Dec 29, 2013 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Your food sounds luscious. I have only eaten pheasant twice ( home cooked by different cooks) and it was quite tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 29, 2013 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know the breeding cheese feeling. It just multiplies, asexual reproduction I guess

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Dec 29, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i want a cheese-breeding fridge!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BananaBirkLarsen Dec 30, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Me too! I never seem to have enough cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. Dec 29, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Excellent meal. When I think of food on your island, quality food, I think of game and cheese. One can never have too much cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Cheese Gromit, cheese!" Oh yeah.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harters Dec 30, 2013 02:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That'll be the Wensleydale, Steve - Wallace's favourite.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet Dec 30, 2013 05:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gromit likes it too, as I recall.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Dec 30, 2013 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hehehe. I watched those a zillion times with my son when he was little. I watched them mostly for me. This one (which is the moon one, I think) was actually my least favorite of the bunch, but still brilliant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jammy Dec 30, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You should give Cornish Yarg a try. It has a lovely, nutty flavour.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                acssss Dec 29, 2013 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We were away for a few days, so I didn't have to cook at all - only enjoy the wonderful meals of others. Which were indeed wonderful. Husband and I, fortunately, have a lot of good cooks in our extended families :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We returned late last night, woke up, worked out, drank our carrot/apple juice and now we are in the kitchen - husband baking bread (his usual weekend chore) and I am grilling some NY strip steaks. I bought a whole roast on sale a few weeks ago for $8.99/pound and sliced it into about 13 steaks. Steaks will be served with loaded baked potatoes (broccoli or shitake mushrooms).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Red wine, as usual (a must for steaks)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Dinner will be served at around 2pm, so I don't know if it can legally be considered dinner)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Dec 29, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Red wine at 2 PM!? Got me beat, for sure '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss Dec 30, 2013 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lol. In France and Italy they have a few glasses at lunch and a few glasses at dinner. I have one glass a day and husband has about two.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Why wait for vacation to have all the fun?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ...anyway it helps with the proper digestion of the meat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Dec 30, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's my story, and I'm sticking with it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        acssss Dec 30, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thasrigh! hiccup

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Dec 30, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Nothing stronger than beer before breakfast."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ---W. C. Fields

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. fldhkybnva Dec 29, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's a rainy Sunday soup kind of day and the beef stock is demanding to be used. I have some beef tenderloin in the freezer saved that I whacked off from several Porterhouse steaks a few weeks ago. The plan is a simple beef and vegetable soup with fire roasted tomatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. prima Dec 29, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Porchetta, parsnips and mushroom leek quinoa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. linguafood Dec 29, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A rare occasion at casa lingua: pasta!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 of the hot Italians we brought back from DiBruno's will be cut into chunks and will simmer in tomato sauce along with green pepper & roasted red pepper. The pasta of choice will be celentani/cavatappi, as we still have a box in the pantry and it's my man's favorite pasta shape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The finished dish will be topped with lots of grated parm and accompanied by a Caesar, which I also haven't made in eons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Weather here is positively sucky: rainy & gray, so hopefully I can be bothered to sit my ass down and do some much needed work '-(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Dec 29, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The sawce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Dec 30, 2013 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Splendid!... and Caesar is perfect alongside.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Dec 29, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "2 of the hot Italians we brought back from DiBruno's will be cut into chunks ...."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds rather Sweeney Todd of you, lingua. :-P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The sauce looks and sounds great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 29, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He he. Well, I know my feller 'hounds are a smarty bunch, so I figgered you'll know what I mean '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Public Disclaimer: No citizens of Italy were dismembered or injured in any other way for the making of this sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MamasCooking Dec 29, 2013 07:17 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 29, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One can never have enough pasta.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Dec 29, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Theoretically, I concur.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. Dec 29, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sweet Italians also have their moments.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Dec 29, 2013 05:48 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Dec 29, 2013 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But they turn cheesy rather quickly....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Dec 29, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not the ones I know. Classic beauties.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Dec 30, 2013 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That *may* just be that ol' gender diff....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. Dec 30, 2013 03:12 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On a musical note, my son shot me a big "thank you" for the Prince concert tickets I gave him as a Christmas present. Seems the Purple One brought both New Power Generation and 3rd eye girl with him to the venue: horns, funk, r&b, rock&roll! Janelle Monae was also on hand. Chris said she killed "Let's Go Crazy."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Berheenia Dec 29, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Waiting for the Pats game to start at 4ish. We're having the rest of the beef stew from xmas eve with the forgotten pearl onions in it and a crust on top. There is a loaf of italian bread and mixed greens for a salad with ranch dressing. I was going to make a vegetable lasagna, having prepped the components yesterday, but I'd rather watch the game. The day has turned cold and rainy so it should be a real mud fest in Foxborough. We'll light a fire and cheer the home team. There will be wine and beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. greygarious Dec 29, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My biorhythms being unusual, my first and main meal is 3 p.m. or later. I made chicken salad from the leftover entire breast of a large roaster a few days ago and while the sandwiches have been good, I was getting a little tired of them. So I used the chicken salad in the place of diced chicken in making croquettes, and leftover stuffing in place of other filler. Plus vadouvan as extra seasoning, and an egg as binder. These were shallow-fried and were at least as good as had plain chicken been used. With steamed broccoli and a baked sweet potato. It also stretched the chicken salad - instead of 2 more sandwiches, it made 6 croquettes, enough for 3 portions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. LindaWhit Dec 29, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rainy. Cold. A good day for lounging inside. Which I did.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight is beef stroganoff, using the rest of the beef tenderloin from Christmas. I'll slice it up very thinly and do a very quick sauté on the beef before removing from the pan to finish the dish. I'm also using mushroom "broth" from previously steeped dried porcini mushrooms instead of the beef broth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Egg noodles and green beans alongside. There's wine, and Pats football.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      * Exported from MasterCook *

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beef Stroganoff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Recipe By :Linda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:00
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 lb lean beef -- sliced thinly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      salt and freshly ground black pepper -- to taste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 Tbsp butter -- divided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 large minced shallot -- about 1/4 cup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/2 lb mushrooms -- cleaned and sliced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/4 cup beef broth -- up to 1/2 cup (I've used a combination of mushroom broth and red wine in the past)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 Tbsp cognac
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 cup sour cream -- or creme fraiche (use more if needed)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      salt and freshly ground black pepper -- to taste

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pat meat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Heat 1 Tbsp. of butter in heavy large skillet over high heat until very hot. Add meat in single layer and cook just until brown on outside, barely 1 minute per side. Transfer beef to a bowl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Melt remaining butter in the same skillet, and add minced shallots and sauté until tender, scraping up browned bits, about 2 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms and sauté until liquid evaporates, about 8-10 minutes. Add broth, then cognac. Simmer over medium-low heat until liquid thickens and slightly reduces, about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Slowly stir in sour cream, whisking constantly so the sour cream doesn't break. Add meat and any accumulated juices from bowl. Return to low heat until meat is heated through and not overcooked, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Serve over cooked egg noodles and sprinkle with paprika.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 Dec 29, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds heavenly

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Dec 29, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Love stroganoff!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. Dec 29, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nice. Perfect food for a crummy day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There may be a Peyton Manning/Tom Brady matchup down the road. How novel is that?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              acssss Dec 30, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This was on my plate growing up at least once a week. A favorite of my Mom's (she served it with egg noodles too). For me, this is total comfort food!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodieX2 Dec 29, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Soups on the docket tonight-my first attempt at split pea with homemade ham stock. The smells are wonderful but the peas are still pretty tough. We will be eating late tonight!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 Dec 29, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well we gave up on the soup! At 7:45 the peas were still tough. We were starving so I ground some beef and burgers were WFD. Being exhausted I popped the soup into the slow cooker on low. I'll check it before bed and hopefully it will be WFD tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Dec 29, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh no. Lucky you had a backup plan. Lets hope that pea soup is WFD tomorrow. Sometimes you get old peas that don't soften. I sure hope slow cooker saves the day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Dec 29, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Aw, that sucks. But a burger can save any day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. suzigirl Dec 29, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Repurposing turkey from xmas. turkey ala king on buttered toast triangles. mushrooms, onion, red pepper and garlic will be sauted in butter. flour will be sprinkled over and then half and half and milk will go in. Turmeric, salt, pepper and badia to season and the turkey and a two oz jar of pimentos go in. Lastly an egg yolk and a shot of sherry finish it. This is served on buttered toast triangles. not for the diet conscious. Normally I would serve a salad but since lettuce and I disagree it will be a bunch of broccoli, bacon and cashews dressed in ranch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Dec 29, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am in the process of tweaking bacon wrapped onions stuffed with meatballs. I had a stuffed onion last night it was really good, but the onion needed needed more time to roast. I going to enjoy it with leftover stouffer's spinach souffle. Next time I think a wilted spinach salad might be a nice accompaniement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. steve h. Dec 29, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What a great day for football!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Supper was all about leftovers: roast beef; potatoes au gratin; carrots; house red from an open bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dallas and Philadelphia are up next.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. mariacarmen Dec 29, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        very little actual cooking going on here.... made spag and meat sauce and added frozen Kirkland meatballs for the oldster - i even used a doctored-up jarred TJs sauce - gasp! that was his dinner last night. the BF and I went to Vietnamese dinner with one of his visiting sisters, hubs, and 2 daughters. Mighty tasty - it had been a little bit since i'd had delicious shaking beef and Bánh xèo (those fabulous crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside crepes with shrimp and chicken.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        today i purchased crispy-skinned roast duck and pork from the Chinese food spot in Ranch 99 and me and my sister have been noshing on that all day. Oldster will have spag again (he could eat it 4 times a week). i also made a simple Jacques Pepin pâté with chicken livers i bought, using sherry instead of cognac. it's a little boozier than expected but still good - chilling in the fridge now. I think a good portion of it will go with the BF and me to Capitola (little seaside town near Santa Cruz) with us tomorrow (after i take the Oldster to an appt.) - we'll be there through NY day and i CAN'T WAIT to get away. i also bought, on weezie's recommendation, the TJs fondue for NYE at the hotel before we head out to some local dive or other to ring in the NY. I'll be checking in on you all - but just in case, Happy New Year!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. gini Dec 29, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We drove through a rainstorm back to Boston today. I pulled dinner literally out of the remnants of the freezer and fridge: the last of the chili from the freezer, garnished with shredded cheddar, greek yogurt, and lime juice. Alongside, some buttermilk biscuits. The man is very pleased that the chili is finally gone - it was a touch too spicy for his liking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. juliejulez Dec 29, 2013 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Arrived back home around 5, so dinner was an easy "chicken enchilada" pasta. I've made lots of recipes titled that, but I think this is the tastiest, which is good because it's the easiest! I baked 2 chicken breasts seasoned with homemade taco seasoning in the oven, then started some cavatappi cooking. Saluted some diced onion in olive oil, added minced garlic, cumin, chili powder, s&p, and smoked paprika. Then throw in the chicken breast that I diced up, then dumped in a small can of enchilada sauce. Mixed that up and let it simmer, then throw in the pasta once done. Remove from heat, add in a couple handfuls of cheese and stir up. I used a "fiesta blend" pre-shredded variety from the store. And, voila, dinner is ready

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Cherylptw Dec 29, 2013 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dinner was late tonight; we went to brunch around noon and really wasn't in a hurry for dinner but my daughter made jambalaya with beef chipotle smoked sausage. So, so good! In an effort to use up greens in the drawer, spinach salad with bacon & onion vinaigrette accompanied. More pecan pie cake for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Dec 29, 2013 08:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                glad you're having fun with your little girl!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harters Dec 30, 2013 04:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Salmon kedgeree.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Usually use haddock (preferably smoked) for this but havnt got any. Should be fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. BananaBirkLarsen Dec 30, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Happy Holidays everyone!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I disappeared off the face of the earth again, and once again it was due to the scorching high desert heat burning out my computer (or my router, as the case may be), this time it happened as I was trying to submit a post. I think it was about June's cookbook of the month, something about a ground beef and potato curry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not much interesting cooking going on here the last few days. First I, and now my boyfriend, have come down with the dreaded flu. For me it was the kind where you don't have the energy to cook anything but frozen pizza and soup that's been in the freezer since Thanksgiving. For him, it's the kind where even water makes him feel nauseous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Christmas, on the other hand, was a lot of fun. It was just the two of us so we decided that there was no need to go traditional, so we cooked Chinese food. I made Peking duck, according to the method outlined on Serious Eats. Both the roast pork lo mian and the fried dumplings, Beijing style (with meat and vegetable filling) from Florence Lin's "Complete Book of Chinese Noodles, Dumplings and Breads," Ms. Dunlop's dry-fried Sichuan green beans, the rice steamed in lotus leaves (or bamboo leaves, which was all I could find) from "China the Beautiful Cookbook", which contained a bit of BBQ pork from the same book (I also used that pork in the lo mian instead of using Lin's roast pork recipe). I also made sort of a cranberry dipping sauce with ginger and star anise (because I had cranberries and needed something sweet for the duck). And for dessert, something called "Chinese Toffee Apple Fritters," which I got off of BBC's website and served over vanilla ice cream. And Spanish wine to wash it all down, because why not?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The highlight of the meal was definitely the rice in bamboo leaves. Just absolutely fragrant and beautiful (and I've got a ton of leftovers in the freezer, already wrapped and ready to steam). My homemade noodles turned out a bit mushy, and I'm going to need another go at that duck one day (I don't know if I didn't dry it long enough or if mine had a particularly thick skin or what, but the fat never did render out completely. Even tented with foil, the skin started to burn way before the fat was rendered). I think next time I'll try doing it over a little wood fire in my barrel smoker, since they are supposed to be cooked in a wood oven. Everything tasted great though, even with the slightly mushy noodles and duck skin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Other holiday food highlights were the homemade eggnog-with-bourbons I made on Christmas Eve (an impromptu decision based on the fact that we wanted a drink, that Albertson's was out of eggnog, and that we had somehow forgotten the bank card at home and only had enough cash on us for the bourbon), the Christmas Morning santa lucia buns I've been making to eat while opening gifts since I was 8 or 9 years old, and the copious amount of biscochitos brought into work by friends and colleagues.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Dec 30, 2013 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds like you seriously made up for lost time. That xmas dinner sounds fabo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tcamp Dec 30, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow, what feasting! It all sounds terrific. Curious how you used bamboo leaves to wrap. The ones I see growing are pretty skinny. But readily available...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BananaBirkLarsen Dec 30, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I used dried ones I bought from the local "international market", and they were pretty skinny, especially compared to the picture of the lotus leaves in the cookbook. But the book listed them as a good alternative, so I gave it a shot, and they actually worked really well. I had to use 2 for each packet. I laid them out in a cross shape, piled the rice filling mixture in the centre, then folded the ends over the filling to make a little square packet. I tied the packets with strips of bamboo leaf to keep them shut, but the strips kept breaking and I might just use twine next time. The whole process reminded me a lot of making tamales. I don't know what lotus leaves are like, but I can't imagine they're any better than bamboo leaves. The taste and smell were just amazing. It almost reminds me of green tea. It makes me want to start steaming everything in bamboo leaves!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Berheenia Dec 30, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Welcome back!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Dec 30, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SUPERB Christmas dinner, BBL! And welcome back to WFD. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Dec 31, 2013 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            welcome back bbl! sorry about the computer and flu woes, but your xmas dinner sounds amazing. it does sound like you're making up for lost time!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Dec 30, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What a great weekend ...and the playoff schedule looks mighty fine! oooh... can't wait!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dinner tonight is a combo of Indian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I made pitas, hummus, french fries, techina sauce (which is tehina, water, lemon, garlic, salt), insalata verde, moong dal vadas (which are fried lentil balls that I use instead of falafel), and I grilled some steaks (thinly cut)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Instructions for dinner:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Take a pita pocket, spread inside with a bit of hummus, add a steak, add some fries, add some salad, pour techina sauce over. EAT.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ***Vegetarian version: same thing but with the moong dal vadas. EAT.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Then... sit, drink wine, watch the snow fall and enjoy the last quiet evening of 2013... and for those who won't be around tomorrow (or who will be too drunk to read posts on CH)... HAPPY NEW YEAR! I truly hope 2014 brings you all happiness, health and success!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cheers! Salute! Cin Cin! Prost! Zum Wohl! Skaal! Le'haim!...

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